For this week’s #PickSix, i’ll be going in the trenches to rank six offensive and defensive linemen in the 2017 NFL Draft the New York Jets could target. Some may think they don’t need to add players on either side, but this is a team that could stand to add depth. For clarification, this will not include EDGEs because to me, that has evolved into its own position group…
1. Jonathan Allen, DT, Alabama
Stats: 78 tackles, 44.5 tackles for a loss, 28 sacks
Why He Could Be The Pick: Best defensive lineman in the draft, would replace Muhammed Wilkerson if the Jets are able to find a trade partner for him.
Why He Won’t Be The Pick: No one is taking Wilkerson’s contract, and adding Allen to Williams is a poor allocation of resources.
2. Montravius Adams, DT, Auburn
Stats: 77 tackles, 19.5 tackles for a loss, 10.5 sacks
Why He Could Be The Pick: Wouldn’t cost the 6th pick and would be an upgrade over Steve McLendon and Dion Simon.
Why He Won’t Be The Pick: Jets seem intent on giving Simon every chance to take the NT position, and they also signed former Packers NT Mike Pennel.
3. Caleb Brantley, DT, Florida
Stats: 80 tackles, 20.5 tackles for a loss, 5.5 sacks
Why He Could Be The Pick: More of a DE at the next level, in the mold of Sheldon Richardson, so would give Jets needed depth behind Wilkerson and Williams.
Why He Won’t Be The Pick: Jets seem to be investing in bigger bodies along the DL.
4. Chris Wormley, DE/DT, Michigan
Stats: 119 tackles, 31.5 tackles for a loss, 17.5 sacks
Why He Could Be The Pick: Versatility along the DL, plus from a Big Ten School (which Mike Maccagnan seems to love)
Why He Won’t Be The Pick: Not as impactful in last year, as opposed to two years ago, and may have reached his ceiling
5. Malik McDowell, DE, Michigan State
Stats: 88 tackles, 24.5 tackles for a loss, 7.5 sacks
Why He Could Be The Pick: Good run stopper and has shown ability to play with his hand in the dirt or standing up
Why He Won’t Be The Pick: Does not provide much as a pass rusher
6. Dalvin Tomlinson, DT, Alabama
Stats: 122 tackles, 10.5 tackles for a loss, 4 sacks
Why He Could Be The Pick: Hasn’t reached his potential yet, and could provide good value in later rounds
Why He Won’t Be The Pick: Gets pushed off spot, at times, too easily for a man his size.
1. Ryan Ramczyk, OT, Wisconsin
Why He Could Be The Pick: Despite the Kelvin Beachum signing, the Jets could still stand to find their franchise LT.
Why He Won’t Be The Pick: The Jets appear comfortable enough with Beachum’s medicals that they decide to not use a high pick on Ramczyk.
2. Forrest Lamp, OG, Kentucky
Why He Could Be The Pick: The Jets try to be proactive about their OL and draft James Carpenter’s replacement a year early.
Why He Won’t Be The Pick: Carpenter was their best OL last year, and with Brian Winters just re-signed there’s no space for Lamp.
3. Cam Robinson, OT, Auburn
Why He Could Be The Pick: Could be better suited playing RT, and has a higher ceiling than current projected starter Brandon Shell.
Why He Won’t Be The Pick: Jets may feel comfortable with Shell and Ben Ijilana on the right side.
4. Pat Elflein, C, Ohio State
Why He Could Be The Pick: Higher ceiling than Wesley Johnson, and a leader at Ohio State that could replace the former Buckeye that was just released.
Why He Won’t Be The Pick: Jets feel comfortable enough with Johnson, and decide to pass on Elflein.
5. Dan Freeny, OG, Indiana
Why He Could Be The Pick: See Lamp.
Why He Won’t Be The Pick: See Lamp.
6. Garett Bolles, OT, Utah
Why He Could Be The Pick: Off field history causes him to fall into a spot the Jets feel comfortable taking him at.
Why He Won’t Be The Pick: Jets decide the off field past is too concerning, and pass on him if he’s available.
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