The Jets must draft two or extra offensive linemen within the upcoming NFL draft. I’ve reviewed Ourlads tackle this yr’s crop. Here’s what I might do if I had been Joe Douglas.
I’ll begin with Middle. Since we’ll play McGovern on the pivot and have simply signed Feeney who has performed a complete season at heart, we might look like set there for this season. However, there may be actually room so as to add one other Middle since McGovern and Feeney can play guard and may be lower or not resigned after this season with out undue lifeless cash.
Many have pegged Creed Humphrey to the Jets at #23 and that’s good worth #34. Ourlads offers Humphrey a second spherical grade and ranks him at 61st general. I believe that we can’t afford to take him sooner than his grade. Additional, I’m not sure that he’ll pan out higher than the opposite facilities who can be found. Humphrey has positional versatility and may develop at guard or heart. He additionally has scheme versatility and will develop in both a person or zone scheme. He’s a greater run blocker than cross protector and desires work on his approach. Briefly, he must spend a yr in this system however has a brilliant future. Whereas he has zone potential, he isn’t an ideal match for the zone scheme. Until the Jets get him low-cost – unlikely since he is an effective match for man schemes – they need to cross on him. The opposite high heart – Dickerson – is a person scheme solely participant.
Drew Dalman has a 4th spherical grade and is ranked at #134 general. Dalman is a “heart solely” prospect and doesn’t mission at guard. Nor does he provide scheme versatility. He’s a “zone solely” and “heart solely” participant. He’s too mild at 286 lbs for a person scheme. Nor does he have room for extra weight and is a completed product. Very smart – he went to Stanford – Ourlads says “he’s a day one starter” in a zone scheme. The son of OL Chris Dalman, he jogs my memory of Tom Nalen – the long-time professional bowl heart for the Broncos. Nalen performed in a zone scheme at 260 lbs and the entire league was afraid of him. Zone schemes worth quickness and lateral agility over uncooked bulk and energy. Like Nalen, Dalman is a perfect match for the zone scheme we’re operating. Would I take him at #107? No. Would I take him at #146? Sure, I might. If we like someone higher at one other place, I might cross and see if we will get him later. That is why.
Michael Menet out of Penn State, Trey Hill out of Georgia and Jimmy Morrissey out of Pitt are all nice suits for a zone scheme. All have potential to grow to be starters. All are low-cost. Menet carries a sixth spherical grade, Hill and Morrissey carry seventh spherical grades. It’s actually attainable that none of them get drafted. I might be completely satisfied to carry one in with one in all our sixth spherical picks and develop him. Menet is an athletic heart who is an effective match for a zone scheme however must get stronger. Hill is a monster who additionally has the wheels and quickness to play zone. He has positional versatility and will develop at guard or heart. He wants work on his approach and isn’t prepared or he would go earlier. Like Dalmen, Morrissey is a “heart solely” and “zone scheme” solely participant. As a result of Dalman, Menet and Morressey lack each positional and scheme versatility, they’re going to go later within the draft than gamers like Humphrey who gives each. Hill remains to be uncooked and can take time to develop. I may see him going sooner than his grade as a result of he gives positional and scheme versatility.
I see bargains aplenty at “heart solely” this yr for zone scheme groups just like the Jets. Because of this, I’m a cut price hunter. Consider the draft as an enormous water balloon. When you squeeze right here, it bulges there. We should be opportunistic. As a result of variety of “zone solely’ – “heart solely” gamers, it’s a purchaser’s market and we should always be capable of get one low-cost. I need to draft one of many gamers I listed. I don’t care which one nor will I attain for one. If one goes undrafted, then I might invite him to camp. If all go undrafted, I might invite all of them.
Let’s have a look at the guards. The highest man is Alijah Vera-Tucker (AVT) out of USC. Ourlads says he “has respectable inside out versatility”. They rank him 23d general and provides him a primary spherical grade. I consider he’s a greater match for a person scheme than a zone scheme. He additionally has a better draft grade as a result of he has potential to play deal with. Not as a result of he’ll make a greater guard for a zone scheme workforce just like the Jets. It might be good in the event that they drafted him at #23 assuming he labored out at deal with. But when he finally ends up at guard then he’s over drafted at #23. There may be little doubt that he’s a stable participant and a very good candidate for any offensive line. However that’s true of the opposite zone scheme guards with beginning grades. I might cross on him at #23. I can’t see bringing in an inside out participant at #23 if he isn’t a stable starter at proper deal with and a very good match for a zone scheme. The evaluate leaves that unsure. Furthermore, there are a number of gamers with beginning grades on this draft who’re good suits for guard solely in our zone scheme. There are additionally tackles with higher potential for a zone scheme who’re additionally cheaper. These gamers can be higher suits for our scheme and can value much less to amass.
Lets have a look at Teven Jenkins out of Oklahoma State since he’s commonly mocked to the Jets and has risen within the eyes of the net pundits. Ourlads sees Jenkins as a deal with and offers him a second spherical grade at #57 general. They describe a person scheme blocker who is healthier at run blocking than cross blocking. Additionally they opine that he spends “an excessive amount of time on the bottom” and desires work on his approach “from head to toe”. He doesn’t look like a match for a zone scheme and in addition will want time to develop. Primarily based on the evaluate and his projected draft worth, I hope we keep away from him at #23 and #34. Moreover, there are tackles I do like at #34. So if I don’t like AVT or Jenkins for guard or deal with at both #23 or #34, who do I like? In spite of everything, I agree with the entire world that the Jets want to enhance the offensive line, particularly inside.
There are three gamers I like and wouldn’t go away the third spherical with out one. First is Quinn Meinerz from Outer Mongolian Technical Faculty (OK, he’s from UW – Whitewater – wherever that’s). His faculty cancelled the season so he has not performed since 2019. Invited to the Senior Bowl, Ourlads mentioned “he merely dominated all week”. They provide him a 3d spherical grade and clarify he has potential to play heart or guard. He checks all of the containers, lengthy arms (33) huge palms (10) and 35 reps. He was a two-time workforce captain, gained the workforce health awards and many others. They consider he “is a secure wager to start out” and provides him a glowing write up. Is he prepared for this season? No. He in all probability wants a yr in this system. However he has great upside with the wonderful motion expertise wanted for zone. He’s ranked within the 3d spherical as a result of he isn’t a deal with. So what. He’ll pan out higher at guard than Jenkins or AVT. So will these guys.
Subsequent is Alex Leatherwood out of Alabama. Whereas he performed deal with final season, Ourlads tasks him inside and offers him a 3d spherical grade (proper behind Meinerz). They clarify “he can step into an NFL offensive line week one if wanted”. Regardless of being an apparent match for a person blocking scheme, Ourlads makes clear that he’s “able to mirroring and sliding with steadiness and management” and “he has athletic fast ft”. Whereas I consider that Meinerz is a greater match for our zone scheme, Leatherwood can work for us and gives inside out potential at proper deal with. He is able to begin instantly and is a nightmare run blocker. I might seize him within the third. If we take Meinerz at 66, I might take Leatherwood at 86. I might additionally do it visa-versa. But there may be another person to contemplate . . .
Kendrick Inexperienced out of Illinois additionally carries a 3d spherical grade and is an effective match for the zone scheme. Stated Ourlads “every thing is fast – begin, ft and palms”. Additional “his use of palms to stab, punch and management his opponent is unsurpassed for inside lineman on this draft”. Like Meinerz, he not a deal with and should play inside. Like Meinerz, he has potential to play heart. Like Meinerz, he’s nearly as good in cross safety as he’s within the run recreation. The one knock on Inexperienced is he’s solely 6′ 1.7″ in top however Ourlads offers him “further ornery factors”. I consider that these three gamers have each bit as a lot potential as AVT or Jenkins and are higher suits for our zone scheme. I might take two of them within the third spherical if I may and seize a middle solely participant opportunistically late within the draft and name it a day. However what about deal with?
Clearly Sewell, Slater and even Darrisaw have potential to assist the Jets. Properly, they aren’t getting them nor would I take Darrisaw at #23 or #34. I choose the potential of different gamers. I like Dillon Radunz out of North Dakota State, Spencer Brown out of Northern Iowa and Liam Eichenberg out of Notre Dame. Since they’re tackles, they’re costly gamers. Goes with the territory.
Dillon Radunz carries a 2nd spherical grade and is ranked at #44 general. Ourlads calls him an “ultimate match for a heavy zone blocking scheme” just like the Jets. He’s a match at left deal with and has “elite physique management and athleticism for the skin”. A phrase right here about Ourlads. I’ve been studying them for years. After they say “elite” they imply it. It isn’t hyperbole or puffing. The one increased reward is once they use the phrase “uncommon”. They love this man and mentioned “he had a stable week” on the Senior Bowl. However, they clarify that “he might want to dwell within the weight room” and must “get extra motion within the run recreation”. If we took him at #34, I might perceive. Tackles are costly and he is a superb match. He wants a while to develop however is a greater match than AVT at deal with and a significantly better match than Jenkins. Sure, his arrival means the Jets may transfer Becton to the appropriate aspect.
Spencer Brown is a basic penthouse or the outhouse prospect. He carries a 2nd spherical grade and is ranked forty ninth general. Keep in mind, we’re speaking NFL offensive tackles. These are uncommon human beings and are pricey in draft capital and laborious to seek out. Generally you need to make a leap of religion. Dangerous as hell. Spencer Brown is out of Northern Iowa (aka – nowhere). He performed 8-man highschool soccer in small faculty USA, performed six video games as a sophomore and had his season cancelled final yr. There may be little tape on this man. However, Ourlads writes “there are solely so many people who’re 6′ 8.5″ together with his ft and talent to bend their knees and most of them are enjoying energy ahead within the NBA.” He has “elite flexibility” for a tall lineman and has “uncommon traits and professional bowl potential”. He’s the “high athlete” at deal with this yr. On the Senior Bowl, he was beat early however then confirmed why he’s thought of an “elite cross protector”. However he’s RAW and can want a yr to develop. If we took him at #34, I might perceive. Like Radunz, he is a superb match and isn’t prepared this season. In contrast to Radunz, this man is pure projection. Like Radunz, it means they might transfer Becton to the appropriate aspect.
Liam Eichenberg carries a 2nd spherical grade and is ranked #51st general. In contrast to Radunz and Brown, he’s prepared proper now. He’s an inside out prospect who can play guard if wanted. Ourlads says “his methods are repeatable and has good brute energy in his palms and base”. They provide reward that “his decrease half has clearly spent quite a lot of time within the weight room”. He’s extra of a completed product than Radunz or Brown however doesn’t have their elite upside. He would begin for us on day one at proper deal with or both guard spot. Like Radunz and Brown, if we took him at #34, I might perceive. He is an effective match and might help us proper now.
Would I draft one in all these tackles at #34? I’m not certain, I undoubtedly wouldn’t draft them at #23. So laborious to seek out expertise and no one is aware of what the board will appear like by choose # 34 and I couldn’t reply till I see who’s there. I do know I might take the operating backs Harris or Etienne first. I might additionally take Rondale Moore, Elijah Moore or Terrance Marshall at wideout first. However I might perceive the argument to take one in all these tackles as a substitute. However to be trustworthy, I believe our offensive line wants assist inside greater than we’d like a deal with and we will discover that assist in the third spherical and later. However these are the lineman who might help us full our zone scheme. We will plug dearer gamers into the road however they aren’t nearly as good suits because the gamers I’ve mentioned.
Keep in mind your Parcells: “You can’t compromise your prototypes”. These tackles are higher suits than the dearer gamers. So are the guards. The most effective worth this yr is at Middle.
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