It appears the New York Jets will be getting one of their top college scouts back for the upcoming 2012 NFL Draft in April.
The St. Louis Rams are looking for a new general manager, and they interviewed Jets’ vice president of college scouting Joey Clinkscales (above, between team owner Woody Johnson and head coach Rex Ryan) for the job.
Jenny Vrentas of the Star-Ledger is reporting that Clinkscales is out of the running in St. Louis, which means the long-time Jets scout will likely return as VP of college scouting for another season.
The 47-year-old Clinkscales, who briefly played wide receiver in the NFL in the late 1980s, has held that position with the Jets for the last four seasons. He’s worked in the Jets scouting department for the last 17 years.
As Vrentas points out, the NFL scouting combine begins in less than two weeks, so the Jets are probably pretty happy they’ve got all of their scouts back for this crucial period of player evaluation.
Clinkscales has been praised by Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum as a valuable piece of the puzzle when it comes to the draft each season, and barring something unforeseen, it looks like he’ll back.