When Robert Saleh and his coaching staff coach Reese’s Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala on Feb. 5, the Jets will get off to an effective start in the 2022 NFL Draft.
With the No. 4 and No. 10 in the first round of the draft and two second-round picks, the Jets staff will face the Lions coaching staff in the game and get a hidden peak in a number of games. players see them as a possible choice.
The game itself isn’t until Feb. 5, but there will be a few sessions a week in advance and meetings with the country’s best prospects. For example, the Jets ’new player, Michael Carter, attended the event last year and played in the game before the Jets picked him up in the fourth round. Carter ran 60 yards on eight speakers in the game.
This will be the first time the Jets have coached a Senior Bowl since 1979, when Walt Michaels was their head coach and the team chose defenders Marty Lions and Mark Gastineau, who played in the game that year. .
A record 106 players were selected from the Senior Bowl in the NFL Draft last year.
“[Lions head coach[ Dan Campbell and Robert Saleh’s staffs will bring great intensity to our game week and our players will undoubtedly get better during their time in Mobile,’’ Senior Bowl executive director Jim Nagy said in a statement.
“We are very thankful to Jim Nagy and his team for the chance to work with some of the best young players in the nation this week,” Saleh said. “The New York Jets are fired up for the opportunity to engage with these young men and be a part of everything at the Senior Bowl.”
Saleh was a part of the 49ers staff that coached in the Senior Bowl in 2019, when they went from 4-12 in 2018 to 13-3 and a Super Bowl appearance. They drafted Pro Bowl receiver Deebo Samuel, who participated in the Senior Bowl, in the second round in 2019.
The Jets have nine picks in the 2022 NFL Draft including four in the top 38.
The Senior Bowl will be played at Hancock Whitney Stadium on the campus of the University of South Alabama and will be aired live on the NFL Network at 2:30 p.m.