The challenge – New Jets coaches and existing scouts getting on same page Dan Leberfeld

With five picks in the first 87, Jets GM Joe Douglas needs to hit this draft out of the park.

And with about a week of draft prep to go, they continue to turn over every stone possible on the prospects.

“We will have updated spring reports from our scouts to discuss what has happened since the end of the season, how their opinions might have changed about players since the end of the season,”┬áJets Director of Personnel Operations Dan Zbojovsky told newyorkjets.com on April 16. “We will hear how those players fit our schemes according to the coaches, which this year is specifically is huge for us.”

Douglas and the Jets’ scouting department had to change some of the criteria for what they are looking for in players, based on changes to the team’s offensive and defensive scheme, under a new coaching staff.

The team’s personnel department, and the new coaching staff, had extensive meetings this off-season to get on the same page.

“We spend a lot of time in February getting familiar with the new schemes, making adjustments to what we are looking for, which players fit us a little better than they did previously,” Zbojovsky said. “The more we can be together and discuss those things, hear our coaches, discuss players, how they fit, and what traits they are looking for, the better for all of us.”

You see, in the NFL, it’s not just about picking talented players, but landing players who are good scheme fits.

And if the Jets play their cards right, they could perhaps land 3-5 starters with five picks in the first 87.

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