TOJ Pick Six: NFL Draft’s Offensive Tackles for the New York Jets

DA Osorio Ranks his Top 6 Offensive Tackles in the 2021 NFL Draft.

With 9 days until the NFL Draft, we continue my pick six with the offensive tackles. We went through the pass catchers yesterday: today it’s tackles, then with interior offensive line, interior defensive line, edge, linebackers, cornerbacks, and safeties following. If you’re new to our draft coverage, the way these rankings work is I will give you:
-my top 6 at each position with stats
-my round grade
-their overall ranking on my big board
-something that wows and worries me about each prospect.

Mehki Becton and Connor McGovern are locked in as starters on the OL, while George Fant seems to be locked in at the RT position. The Jets do not have a capable starter on the interior, and Joe Douglas’s refusal to even call Corey Linsley and then allowing himself to get outbid for Joe Thuney either means he is confident in Greg Van Roten and Alex Lewis or he is planning to address these holes in the draft. This doesn’t mean he should ignore tackle completely, especially when you consider that Fant’s contract has only $1M in dead money and can save the Jets almost $10M if he’s released next year. This class has some good tackles that can start out inside before kicking out to RT if/when Fant is released. If you need more info about each prospect, make sure to subscribe to Badlands to read Connor’s excellent Draft Guide.

Let’s take this pick six back to the future.

1. Northwestern OT Rashawn Slater
Overall Ranking: 6th
Round Grade: 1st
Wow: allowed 5 pressures over 355 dropbacks, a rate of 1 pressure every 71 snaps. That would’ve been tops in the league, which is where I think Slater will be at the next level. Slater has the potential to be an All-Pro guard, tackle, or center in the NFL and his strength and footwork and where he already is (he’s already good enough to start on an NFL offensive line and actually be good) make him the best tackle in this class for me. For evidence, see what he did to Chase Young in 2019.
Worry: hasn’t played football in a year.

2. Virginia Tech OT Christian Darrisaw
Overall Ranking: 10th
Round Grade: 1st
Wow: did not allow a single sack or hit all year, and only allowed six pressures. Darrisaw improved every year in Blacksburg and reminds me a lot of former Jets great D’Brickashaw Ferguson. The former Hokie is strong, athletic, and can play both tackle positions really well. I think Darrisaw can, also, play inside and be dominant from either guard position.
Worry: his feet aren’t the most consistent when matched up versus speedier edges.

3. Oregon OT Penei Sewell
Overall Ranking: 18th
Round Grade: Mid-1st
Wow: still incredibly raw for a player that was as good as he was at 19 years old, it is scary to think what Sewell’s ceiling is. He has excellent hands, and was PFF’s highest graded collegiate tackle ever. Just an absolute violent blocker in the run game, Sewell has the potential to develop into a franchise LT.
Worry: does not have the best technique and may be better long-term at OG.

4. Oklahoma OT Tevin Jenkins
Overall Ranking: 22nd
Round Grade: Late-First
Wow: 11 pressures in 623 snaps over two seasons, an absurd rate when you consider how many one-on-one matchups left tackles generally face. Has a violent punch to thwart off pass rushers, and loves to dominate the competition.
Worry: his lack of athleticism.

5. Notre Dame OT Liam Eichenberg
Overall Ranking: 23
Round Grade: Late-First
Wow: as NFL-ready a prospect as you’ll find in this class who I originally thought should transition to guard but really think he’d be an excellent right tackle at the next level. Eichenberg has sound fundamentals and really could find a lot of success wherever he is drafted.
Worry: better run blocker than pass protector at this point in his career.

6. North Dakota State OT Dillon Radunz
Overall Ranking: 33
Round Grade: 2nd
Wow: really good agility and a really good run blocker, Trey Lance’s blindside was thoroughly protected by Radunz. He has experience in a pro-style offense so his transition to the NFL won’t be as difficult as other prospects.
Worry: wondering if he will remain as agile if he’s asked to put on weight.

Author: Dalbin Osorio

Dalbin Osorio is a Case Planner for Graham-Windham, New York's oldest child welfare agency. He is, also, a student at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College. Dalbin graduated from Monroe College with a degree in Business Administration. A 3 sport utility man in high school (think a mix of Jerome WIlliams, Brad Smith, and Jayson Nix), he joined TOJ in 2013.

TOJ Pod ft. John Jastremski

Will Parkinson interviews John Jastremski about the 2021 Jets.

On this episode of the Turn on the Jets podcast Will Parkinson is joined by John Jastremski formerly of WFAN and current host of “New York, New York” on the Ringer podcast network as they discuss:

– Jets draft needs/outlook for 2021
– Tua vs Wilson vs Allen vs Cam
– Dolphins vs Jets fandom
– All things NY Sports

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TOJ Pick Six: NFL Draft Pass Catchers for the New York Jets

Dalbin Osorio gives his top 5 pass catchers in the 2021 NFL Draft.

With 10 days until the NFL Draft, we continue my pick six with the pass catchers of this class. We went through RBs yesterday: today it’s wide receivers and tight ends, with guards, tackles, centers, interior defensive linemen, edge, linebackers, cornerbacks, and safeties following. If you’re new to our draft coverage, the way these rankings work is I will give you:

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TOJ Pick Six: NFL Draft Running Backs for the New York Jets

Dalbin Osorio ranks his top 6 RBs in the 2021 NFL Draft.

With 11 days until the NFL Draft, we continue my pick six with the best ball carriers of this class. We went through quarterbacks yesterday: today it’s running backs, and then we’ll go to wide receivers, guards, tackles, centers, interior defensive linemen, edge, linebackers, cornerbacks, and safeties. The way these rankings work is I will give you my top 6 at each position, with stats, my round grade, their overall ranking on my big board, and something that wows and worries me about each prospect. With the Jets not having a capable starter in the running back room, I think it’d be smart for them to add a bellcow. There’s been a lot of talk about their offense mirroring San Francisco’s, but I still believe we’ll see Green Bay Packer principles, and they have a primary back in the underrated Aaron Jones to carry the load. The Jets, also, reportedly checked in on Chris Carson during free agency so they could be in the market for one of the bigger-name backs in the draft.

Let’s dig right in, shall we?

1. Clemson RB Travis Etienne
Overall Ranking: 21
Round Grade: 1st
Stats: 914 rushing yards, 5.4 YPC, 14 rushing TDs, 48 REC, 588 yards
Wow: the best feet in the class, Etienne possesses the big play ability from the running back position that you want to see from a featured back. He’s an excellent receiver out of the backfield, shows good balance even when defenders square up, and he turns his hips and gets up field quickly. Etienne, at a young age, has already mastered the ability to not try and do too much as a ball carrier.
Worry: Etienne has struggled a bit with pass protection, though it has improved, and he enters the NFL with a lot of carries.

2. Alabama RB Najee Harris
Overall Ranking: 29
Round Grade: 1st
Stats: 1466 rushing yards, 5.8 YPC, 26 rushing TDs, 43 REC, 425 yards
Wow: a three-down back in the Derrick Henry mold, Harris is a violent runner who hits holes decisively. He shows above average skills as a pass catcher and his ability to withstand contact and barrel through defenders makes him a dangerous weapon at the next level.
Worry: he doesn’t change direction like Etienne and his hips are a little stiff.

3. North Carolina RB Javonte Williams
Overall Ranking: 47
Round Grade: Mid-2nd
Stats: 1140 rushing yards, 7.3 YPC, 22 total TDs
Wow: Williams is an explosive runner who has a good mix of speed and power and a Leveon Bell-like knack for setting up his next move. He keeps his feet moving regardless of if he’s being bottled up by defenders, and he is the best pass blocking running back in this class.
Worry: is not as explosive as Etienne, with a running style closer to Harris, and he showed a tendency to work towards the sideline more than i’d like.

4. North Carolina RB Michael Carter
Overall Ranking: 53
Round Grade: Late-2nd
Stats: 1245 rushing yards, 8.0 YPC, 11 Total TDs
Wow: the other Tar Heel running back in this class possesses excellent vision and displays both patience and decisiveness, which lends itself to Carter being a complete back that should be productive in the NFL. He offers more juice than Williams in the open field.
Worry: doesn’t offer anywhere near as much power as Williams, and is nowhere near the pass blocker he is.

5. Memphis RB Kenneth Gainwell
Overall Ranking: 64
Round Grade: 2nd/3rd
Stats: 1459 rushing yards, 6.3 YPC, 51 REC, 610 yards, 3 TDs
Wow: the former Memphis Tiger is the best pass catcher in this running back class, and he possesses great vision in the open field. Gainwell is agile and extremely quick and very shifty with the ball.
Worry: played primarily out of a spread offense at Memphis and only has one year of experience as a RB.

6. Oregon State RB Jermar Jefferson
Overall Ranking: 100
Round Grade: 4th
Stats: 858 rushing yards, 6.5 YPC, 7 TDs (6 games)
Wow: Jefferson is one of my favorite prospects in this running back class as he has really good footwork and is able to maintain his balance even when squared up on. He is a home run threat out of the backfield.
Worry: not sure he could ever be a feature back at the next level.

Author: Dalbin Osorio

Dalbin Osorio is a Case Planner for Graham-Windham, New York's oldest child welfare agency. He is, also, a student at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College. Dalbin graduated from Monroe College with a degree in Business Administration. A 3 sport utility man in high school (think a mix of Jerome WIlliams, Brad Smith, and Jayson Nix), he joined TOJ in 2013.

TOJ Pick Six: Quarterbacks In The NFL Draft

DA provides his QB rankings for the 2021 NFL Draft.

With 12 days until the NFL Draft, now feels like the best time to drop my pick six for each position in the draft. We will go through quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers, guards, tackles, centers, interior defensive linemen, edge, linebackers, cornerbacks, and safeties. Today, we begin with the signal callers, where there has been a lot of discussion considering the Jets currently hold the second overall pick in a draft with multiple quality QB prospects. The way these rankings work is I will give you my top 6 at each position, with stats, my grade, and their overall ranking on my big board, and something that wows and worries me about each prospect.

Let’s dig right in, shall we?

1. Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence
Overall Ranking: 1
Round Grade: First
Stats: 69.2%, 3153 yards, 24 TDs, 5 INTs
Wow: when Vince Vaughn says in Wedding Crashers that he can put the ball wherever he wants and he can make it rain out there, he was talking about Trevor Lawrence. There isn’t a throw Lawrence can’t make, as he displays elite ball placement ability at every level.
Worry: shoulder surgery a month ago, despite it being his non-throwing arm, could be worrisome if he takes too many hits behind a suspect offensive line.

2. Ohio State QB Justin Fields
Overall Ranking: 2
Round Grade: First
Stats: 70.2%, 2100 yards, 22 TDs, 6 INTs, 383 rushing yards, 5 rushing TDs
Wow: Justin Fields is the amalgamation of Michael Vick and Lamar Jackson in terms of athleticism, with the quarterbacking of Donovan McNabb mixed in. His ability to throw on the run to every level, and to put the ball where only his receiver can get it, are evidence of a confident QB.
Worry: he is almost too patient with the ball and, while some of that is because of the lengthy routes his receivers ran, he’s going to have to become more decisive with the ball.

3. North Dakota State QB Trey Lance
Overall Ranking: 7
Round Grade: First
Stats: 66.9%, 2786 yards, 28 TDs, 0 INTs, 1100 rushing yards, 14 rushing TDs (2019)
Wow: Trey Lance already has developed a knack for not panicking under pressure, which is something you hope young QBs developed. He went almost 300 attempts without throwing an interception and displayed good accuracy in the short game.
Worry: showed a tendency to lock on to his first read, and he has to become more accurate downfield.

4. BYU QB Zach Wilson
Overall Ranking: 11
Round Grade: First
Stats: 73.5%, 3692 yards, 33 TDs, 3 INTs, 10 rushing TDs
Wow: Wilson has more Matt Stafford than Sam Darnold in his game, especially when it comes to the arm angles and unreal deep-ball ability. He displays a quick internal clock already, and is decisive about where he wants to go with the ball.
Worry: a torn labrum and thumb injury on his throwing arm is worrying, but even more worrisome is his inability to anticipate the pass rush: in a few games I watched, he’d turn into pressure at an alarming rate.

5. Georgia QB Jamie Newman
Overall Ranking: 51
Round Grade: Mid-2nd
Stats: 60.9%, 2868 yards, 26 TDs, 11 INTs, 6 rushing TDs (2019)
Wow: 2019 showed a QB that stands tall in the pocket and does not rattle easily when pressure is around him. Newman gets the ball out quickly, and he throws darts out there. A much stronger arm than some of the guys that will go ahead of him.
Worry: Newman’s footwork could stand to improve, and he has to learn to use more touch on his throws.

6. Alabama QB Mac Jones
Overall Ranking: 63
Round Grade: Third
Stats: 77.4%, 4500 yards, 41 TDs, 4 INTs
Wow: Big Mac Jones’s accuracy is his best trait, in my opinion, as he very rarely misses wide receivers. He’s a smart QB, which helps him make up for some of his limited physical traits. Jones does a decent job of moving in and around pressure and rarely panics when the pass rush is barreling down on him.
Worry: his lack of mobility is concerning, as there won’t be many instances of him winning off-platform, and him being limited to only winning in structure makes him very different from the five QBs I have ranked ahead of him. He, also, doesn’t have a strong arm.

Author: Dalbin Osorio

Dalbin Osorio is a Case Planner for Graham-Windham, New York's oldest child welfare agency. He is, also, a student at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College. Dalbin graduated from Monroe College with a degree in Business Administration. A 3 sport utility man in high school (think a mix of Jerome WIlliams, Brad Smith, and Jayson Nix), he joined TOJ in 2013.

TOJ: DA’s New York Jets Mock Draft V2

DA Osorio presents his mock draft 2.0!

With the NFL Draft exactly two weeks away, what better time than to give ya’ll my latest mock draft? This one comes with a slight twist, as its me trying to tackle what I THINK Joe Douglas will do. Let me be clear: this isn’t what i’d do, as Douglas and I very clearly disagree on a few things. Namely the QB he’s seemingly hitching his career as Jets GM to, re-signing Robby Anderson, and whether he should’ve upgraded the interior offensive line during free agency. Be that as it may, let’s take some swings and see what we end up with. I’ve said for months that I think the Jets have four trades in them on draft night, so I try to predict those here.

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Author: Dalbin Osorio

Dalbin Osorio is a Case Planner for Graham-Windham, New York's oldest child welfare agency. He is, also, a student at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College. Dalbin graduated from Monroe College with a degree in Business Administration. A 3 sport utility man in high school (think a mix of Jerome WIlliams, Brad Smith, and Jayson Nix), he joined TOJ in 2013.

Badlands – The 2021 NFL Draft Guide Preview

New Badlands – Joe and Connor with a deep dive on the New York Jets prospective draft strategy in 2021…

Joe Caporoso and Connor Rogers preview Connor’s upcoming New York Jets centric 2021 NFL Draft Guide by doing a deep dive on the team’s prospective drafting strategy this year and mid round players to watch out for…

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Author: Joe Caporoso

Joe Caporoso is the Owner and EIC of Turn On The Jets. His writing has been featured in the New York Times, Huffington Post, MMQB and AdWeek. Caporoso played football his entire life, including four years at Muhlenberg as a wide receiver, where he was arguably the slowest receiver to ever start in school history. He is the EVP of Content at Whistle Sports

Draft SZN: Top 5 OL and EDGEs

The guys present a very special episode of Draft SZN that you won’t want to miss!

On this action-packed episode of Draft SZN, DA Osorio, James Kuntz, Joe Belic, and Michael Meegan address the two biggest positions of emphasis for the New York Jets–Offensive Line and EDGE–and chat with one of the best draft analysts in the game: Jon Ledyard. More specifically, we discuss…

-Our thoughts on the possibility of taking Zaven Collins at pick 23 (3:20)
-Michael Meegan’s prospect of the week (6:10)
-Interview with Jon Ledyard of Pewter Report about the EDGE class. We discuss Jon’s 4 pillars of athleticism, his thoughts on Gregory Rousseau, EDGE rusher superlatives, and Jon’s thoughts on Zach Wilson (7:15)
-Top 5 Offensive Lineman Rankings (36:00)
-Top 5 EDGE Rushers (54:00)

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TOJ Pod ft. Steve Wyche of NFL Network!

Will Parkinson talks with NFL Network’s Steve Wyche on this episode of TOJ Pod.

On this episode of the Turn on the Jets podcast Will Parkinson is joined by Steve Wyche of NFL Network as they discuss:

-Watching Zach Wilson throw in person
-Robert Saleh expectations
-Addressing Corner/Edge
-Inclusion and Diversity in the NFL

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