As currently constructed, the Jets have the worst starting tackles in football hands down in George Fant and Chuma Edoga. Joe Douglas was smart to sign Connor McGovern, one of the better Centers in the NFL, but the OL rebuild is far from finished. Other than WR, this is the only logical position group to be the pick at 11.
We, also, continue our #GradeYourMock series where Team TOJ grades a fan-submitted mock….Offensive Tackles
- Andrew Thomas, Georgia (Overall: 7): sometimes we get knee deep in #DraftSZN and start to overthink some of these prospects, and Andrew Thomas is one of those prospects. Thomas is excellent in both pass protection and run blocking, and has all the tools of a franchise left tackle from day one. He has the lowest ceiling of the Big 4, in my opinion, but with his quick feet and athleticism he’s the most likely one to start from day one.
- Tristan Wirfs, Iowa (Overall: 9): Wirfs was one of my favorite prospects going into the NCAA season, and he definitely did not disappoint. This season, and his subsequent combine, also showed just how much more potential the former Hawkeye has to tap into. I think he can play tackle or guard at the next level, so that flexibility is key to really making it likely that he is the first OL taken in round one, and as he gets out of his stance pretty quickly and is really athletic.
- Jedrick Wills, Alabama (Overall: 16): Quickness and athleticism were on full display for Tua’s personal bodyguard, but the kid is also freakishly strong. He uses his hands well, is violent in the run game, and has the Alabama pedigree so he already knows the rigors of the pro game. Wills doesn’t have any red flags, and will be a10 year starter in this league.
- Mekhi Becton, Boston College (Overall 28): the OL with the highest ceiling out of the big four, Mekhi Becton is a literal monster. At 6’7” and 357 pounds, a man his size should not move the way he does, and it is scary to see this behemoth running at you in the open field. He is very good in the run game, but could improve in the passing game and is still fairly raw. Him going in the top 15 will feel like a reach, but a team is drafting him for what he can become and not the player he is right now. He can start day one, though.
- Lucas Niang, TCU (Overall: 29):
- Isaiah Wilson, Georgia (Overall: 34): In a draft where I 5 left tackles with first round grades, you might think Wilson being 6th for left tackles and 34th overall means that I do not think he can be a franchise-level LT. On the contrary, Isaiah Wilson has decade-long starter potential at tackle and the team that nabs him in the second round is going to get themselves a legitimate stud. Mekhi Becton has a higher ceiling, so he is ranked a little higher here, but Wilson is currently the better player with the lower ceiling. He is massive, quick off the snap, and just a ferociously violent blocker in both pass protection and run blocking. Point blank, he is an absolute beast.
Today, our TOJ grades the submitted mock draft from @JPensReal21:
Lamb: Im firmly in the “draft OL at 11” camp but Lamb is my WR1 and has been since April 2019. If you miss out on the 4 OTs and can’t trade back, Lamb is an incredible piece to help Darnold. Your WR1 doesn’t wear grills? I can’t relate.