Director: New York Jets pulled out of 'Draft Day'


One of the least credible aspects of "Draft Day" is that the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks hold the No. 1 overall pick.

As it turns out, veteran director Ivan Reitman desperately enlisted the Seahawks as a fallback option when the New York Jets dropped out of the movie at the last minute.

NFL cameos in "Draft Day"
Arian Foster makes his screen debut in "Draft Day," playing running back prospect Ray Jennings. Here are some other NFL figures who make cameos in the movie:

Jon Gruden                 Deion Sanders
Mike Mayock               Chris Berman
Mel Kiper                     Roger Goodell
Rich Eisen                   Ray Lewis
Jim Brown                   Bernie Kosar
Phil Taylor                   T.J. Ward
D'Qwell Jackson         Alex Mack
Ramses Barden         Zoltan Mesko

To hear Reitman tell it, the Jets grew concerned about their own quarterback controversy with embattled incumbent Mark Sanchez -- fresh off the "butt fumble" incident -- in danger of being pushed out the door by freshly drafted rookie Geno Smith.

In the original script, the Jets trade the No. 1 overall pick to the Browns, passing up the opportunity to draft a can't-miss field general.

"They were having something of a quarterback dispute," Reitman said, per the Los Angeles Times, "and the team said that this is just going to incite our fans a little more to criticize us, even though it's all fictional."

As producer Ali Bell notes, the flick's storyline about front-office politics "might have hit a little too close to home" for some NFL teams.

An alternate explanation is that the Jets' priority was protecting their image as well as their fan base.

A source familiar with "Draft Day's" team-selection process has told ESPN New York's Rich Cimini that the Jets were hesitant to participate because the script portrayed their fans in a negative light.

These fans? Surely you jest.

What's the NFL Draft without Jets diehards expressing their displeasure with the team's high-profile blunders?

In the latest edition of the "Around The League Podcast", the guys discuss "Draft Day," then break down who got better (and who got worse) in the AFC East.