ADIDAS have added a little extra incentive to draft prospects at the NFL Scouting Combine this week, with rookies able to win an island.
Tomorrow players will begin to arrive in Indianapolis, ready to showcase their skills to hundreds of coaches, scouts, and media ahead of the draft in Philadelphia on April 27.
Included in combine drills is the 40-yard dash, which will happen later this week.
“Yeah,” he said. “There’s a lot of people in that organization, not just players, that have affected my life and been a part of my life. But you have your equipment staff, your training staff, coaches that have come through, front office staff, marketing, ticketing, the kitchen staff, the operations … There’s a whole bunch of people in that building who have been around for a long time, that it’s difficult that I’m not being able to have a proper goodbye and say goodbye to those people at the office ’cause now I’m a free agent. I’ll have to call to be able to go over to the facility.
“I don’t think my code’s going to work anymore.”
While this is part of the football life cycle, Mangold was a rock for the Jets during the height of the franchise’s modern success with back-to-back trips to the AFC Championship Game under Rex Ryan in 2009 and 2010. He was also a loyal soldier during their epic fall from grace, which began with the superstar-loaded Jets team of 2011 and the Tim Tebow experiment in 2012.
The positive for Mangold is that there is always significant interest in cerebral interior offensive linemen. He would not rule anything in the future and thinks he can still play.
“Feel pretty good,” Mangold said. “I’ve been rehabbing like crazy trying to get the foot back to health as I can. Otherwise, the body feels great, and hopefully we can get that healthy, pass the physical and get ready to go.”