Scouting for the future top scout

Joey Clinkscales' imminent departure as the vice president of college scouting has fueled speculation about possible replacements.

One name to watch is Michael Davis, the assistant director of college scouting. He'd be the logical successor, considering he worked as Clinkscales' assistant, and he has support within the organization. This is an important position because it basically runs the draft for GM Mike Tannenbaum.

The Jets' college scouts are under contract, according to a source, increasing the likelihood that the group will return intact under the new director.

According to a source, the Jets tried to retain Clinkscales, whose contract is expiring, but the Raiders made the proverbial offer he couldn't refuse. The Raiders haven't announced his hiring, but he will have a prominent position in the front office. The Jets haven't confirmed his departure, but multiple sources indicate he's leaving for Oakland.