Three days in Alabama, one practice. That’s all that was available with both practices on Wednesday being restricted to media after getting moved to an indoor facility due to a nasty rainstorm. Regardless, being able to watch the one practice plus the information by just being in Mobile, it’s safe to say the trip was still a success.
With this being a site that covers the Jets and all, my time down there was really focused on their positions of need on both sides of the ball. Here’s what I came away with during my time in Mobile for the offense.
This was arguably the least talked about group coming into the week and during. There weren’t many big name seniors in general and the ones that came down weren’t really too well known.
- Damien Harris from Alabama seems to have hurt his stock. He declined his invitation to the event and according to Senior Bowl director Jim Nagy, it was Harris’ thinking he was too good for it. For a player that was no longer the main guy down the stretch, you’d think playing on a stage like this would only help.
- Two smaller school guys, Slippery Rock’s Wes Hills and North Dakota State’s Bruce Anderson. Not only showed what they could do on the ground but both showcased their skills as receivers as well. Anderson made linebackers look foolish on many of his routes, while Hills showed soft hands in space building off a strong week at the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.
The Jets have a lot of questions to answer at the position beyond Quincy Enunwa. With some quality names in the group, it was the group to watch.
- Deebo Samuel came in as my second highest rated player in Mobile. After watching him day one and hearing/seeing things from the last two days of practice, he really helped himself for April’s draft. Great hands, quickness, route running and showed that he is more than capable playing on the outside if needed.
- Andy Isabella was a name many people, including myself, wanted to watch this week. While Isabella had his ups and downs, two other small receivers out shined; Hunter Renfrow and Penny Hart. Renfrow looks like he will be a legitimate player from the slot from the start, despite his small stature and hands. Georgia State’s Hart, who is officially listed at 5’8, made a name for himself show elite speed to go along sharpness in his routes to create separation.
- One of my personal favorites was Ohio State’s Terry McLaurin. He was second fiddle to Paris Campbell in terms of Buckeye receivers, but McLaurin is no slouch himself. Showing he was more than a deep threat who was making contested catches, getting open consistently with great route running and showing off his great speed. May have made the most money for himself being one of the biggest winners of the week.
It seems that Chris Herndon is the future at the position but it would behoove the Jets to bring in a second playmaker at the position, especially once Herndon is officially suspended for his DUI last year.
- Dax Raymond from Utah State looked really sharp in day one. When matched up against some pretty good safeties such as Juan Thornhill and Mike Edwards, they weren’t a match. He got the best of Thornhill a couple of times, once making a catch over him. Then he burnt Edwards on a deep post like it was nothing.
- LSU Tiger Foster Moreau will be an interesting name to keep an eye on in the tight end class. In what is a loaded group, he could be very good value pick in early day three. A lot of buzz surrounding his name in Mobile.
The group was filled with solid players at every position in the offensive line and it just so happens the Jets could be looking at a replacement at any of those positions.
- Maybe the biggest impact from this positional group for the Jets didn’t even come from a guy in Mobile. Jonah Williams from Alabama is the offensive tackle many fans want but from the NFL, the odds say that he’ll be kicked inside from the start. If the Jets are on of those teams, you can forget about him as the third pick.
- Center Elgton Jenkins from Mississippi State has been given grades as high as the first round and as low as the fifth. If this week told us anything is that he looks closer to the former. While that still may be a stretch, he is a smart lineman who has the versatility to play either guard position as well.
- From people able to watch Wednesday, Garrett Bradbury had by far the best practice from the offensive linemen. Another center who will be competing with Jenkins to be the first one taken off the board.
- Washington State’s Andre Dillard also had very promising practices throughout the week. Proving what many have said about him, leading many to think he could be the first tackle off the board come April.
- Stay away from taking another South Carolina tackle. Dennis Daley struggled looking slow, getting pushed around and beat on many of his one on one drills.