Initial Reaction- Jets Trade Up To Select OL Chuma Edoga In Third Round

Greg Armstrong With His Initial Reaction On The Jets Drafting OT Chuma Edoga…

The New York Jets *finally* address their offensive line need in the third round with a trade up with the Vikings. The Jets gave up the 93rd and 217th pick to move up to 92nd. Edoga is a talented player who who was Sam Darnolds tackle in college but there were questions about his work ethic coming into the draft. 

The Jets needed to address the offensive line in the worst and did so with Edoga. Let’s get the bad out of the way first. There were concerns about whether or not his work ethic was enough to be an NFL pro. He was also ejected for making contact with an official in college. He’s another risky pick along with Jachai Polite.

Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, Edoga is nasty in the run game. He’ll knock you on your back and let you know about it afterwards. He plays with that edge that you want out of your offensive lineman. Edoga is efficient in zone run schemes and can get to the second level to take on defenders. He played at both tackle positions at the Senior Bowl and earned the top practice player honors in Mobile this year.

Edoga isn’t phenomenal in pass pro but did finish tied for first among draft eligible tackles in pass blocking efficiency, according to PFF. Where he lacks in height he makes up for in arm length. He doesn’t have a good punch but he’s one of those guys where if he gets his hands on you, you’re cooked. Edoga has really good footwork but does struggle sometimes with getting too upright on pass plays.

Edoga doesn’t solve the Jets offensive line problem but he’s a piece that could turn into a staple for the long term. Connor Rogers said on the Bleacher Report live stream that Darnold definitely had to sign off on this pick. I trust Sam in this instance. Edoga might not get starting reps to start out but if he can prove those work ethic questions were just draft fodder, he has a real shot to be a starter on this Jets offensive line sooner rather than later.