2015 NFL Draft – Early Prospect Watch – Offense Edition

As the losses continue to pile up, the emphasis of the Jets having a successful 2015 draft will build. Not a college football fan? Not a problem, as I will outline a few prospects to key in on in the upcoming weeks. These are not necessarily the best players at their perspective position, but notable names that could draw interest from the Jets scouting department. Let’s take a look…

Quarterback: Jameis Winston, FSU

One of the more polarizing college athletes in recent memory, Winston could be this year’s ‘Johnny Manziel’ in terms of how volatile his draft stock will be.

Do not be fooled though, Winston is the best quarterback in this draft class and it really is not close. Marcus Mariota is the number one overall player on plenty of draft boards, but he runs a simple, one read college system much like Jets’ quarterback Geno Smith ran at West Virginia.

Winston recognizes the rush, off man coverage to his left, hangs in and throws right as the delayed blitzer steps too far forward for the TD.

Winston has displayed the down field vision, pre-snap IQ, and pocket awareness that is necessary for an NFL quarterback. If he stays out of trouble from now until April 30th, he will not make it out of the top 10.

Offensive Line: La’El Collins, LSU

A big (6’5, 325), powerful left tackle that could immediately start at guard for an NFL team. Collins locks onto rushers as well as anyone I have seen in CFB this year, but also has the ability to be a road grader as a down field blocker. He could be this year’s Zack Martin, a plug and play offensive lineman that takes an NFL rushing attack to the next level.

Left Tackle La’El Collins drives his man back 5 yards, opening a big LSU run gain.

Wide Receiver: Duke Williams, Auburn

The 6’2, highlight reel filled Williams has flashed plenty of ability in his first year at Auburn, after transferring from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. His skill set is very reminiscent of ex-Jet Keyshawn Johnson, in terms of his leaping and red zone presence.

Duke Williams catching a slant away from his body on 3rd and 6, rumbling in for the TD.

Running Back: Melvin Gordon III, Wisconsin

Not necessarily a ‘complete back’, but an ideal compliment to Jets’ workhorse Chris Ivory. Gordon is explosive, especially past the line of scrimmage. He has a second gear that will give NFL defensive backs problems, but do not be mistaken, he is not a ‘finesse runner’. Gordon could provide what the Jets were hoping (but have not received) Chris Johnson could bring to the run game.

Gordon reads the only open lane he has perfectly, makes a stutter step move and drives forward for the TD.
Superb recognition and execution on the pass block by Melvin Gordon here.

 

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