With the offseason in full swing, it’s time look ahead to free agency and the NFL Draft. I’ve outlined three defensive prospects that fit the Jets here, so it’s time to look at how the offense can improve under Todd Bowles and Chan Gailey in year two…
Three Early Targets For The Offense:
Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State
Decker has great size and length at 6’8, but often is not given enough credit for the caliber athlete he is on the offensive line.
The Jets witnessed a massive decline in both D’Brickshaw Ferguson and Breno Giacomini’s play at the offensive tackle position in 2015. Decker could start from day one at right tackle in 2016 and eventually transition to left tackle for the Jets in 2017.
Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State
After an impressive return from injury vs Jacksonville State this weekend, Wentz, who was once projected as an early day two selection, has easily climbed into the first round conversation.
The North Dakota State Bison possesses the most natural arm talent in the 2016 quarterback class, but is also a superb athlete that can create a play with his legs.
While Wentz could use a year on the bench before being asked to process reads much quicker at the NFL level and improve on his passing under pressure, he is an investment that could pay huge dividends.
Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State
This will be the ‘flashy’ pick for the Jets at 20 overall in a lot of mock drafts you read over the next couple of months.
Elliott is a superb talent that can carry an offense when given enough touches. The real question for the Jets (and many NFL teams) will be if it makes sense to take a running back in round 1.
While the 2016 class isn’t ‘loaded’ with talent at the running back position, a team like the Jets might be better suited finding their premier runner in free agency and targeting a secondary back in later rounds such as Devontae Booker, CJ Procise or Paul Perkins.
Prospect of the Week: Reggie Regland, ILB, Alabama
Accolades: Unanimous first team All-American , first team All-SEC [2015, 2014], SEC Defensive Player of the Year 
Scouting Report: Read and react ability is off the charts. Sheds blocks as good as any linebacker in the class. Experience playing both the WILL  and the MIKE  backer positions. Strong with an athletic build, moves well in space. Wrap up tackler with big hit ability – recognizes when it’s time to go for the kill shot. Adequate speed to be productive NFL blitzing backer. Not great, but adequate in coverage – can handle the flats. Smart player – very active in front 7 lining up teammates. Gives QB no room to escape when asked to spy. Very little question marks.
Grade: Top 15 prospect
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