We are now nine days away from the NFL Draft and, as word continues to trickle out that the Jets have zeroed in on BYU QB Zach Wilson, it is absolutely imperative that they do not wait until year three to address OL in the NFL Draft like they did for now-Panthers QB Sam Darnold. As it currently stands, the New York Jets do not have a starting-caliber guard on the roster. Greg Van Roten and Alex Lewis were awful, and they let their best guard (Pat Elflein) go in free agency. The 2nd wave of free agency, set to begin after the draft, has some intriguing names that the Jets could add but DraftSZN’s James Kuntz has been banging the “this team will be built through the draft” long before free agency began and I have come around to that after evidence pointed to exactly that. One small note:
OL: can play all 5 positions
IOL: can play guard or center
OT: can play LT or RT
OG: can only play guard
Here are the top 6 rankings for the interior offensive line prospects in the NFL Draft, of which the Jets should make sure to add two if they do not tackle the position with one of the six I mentioned in yesterday’s article.1. USC OT/OG Alijah Vera-Tucker
Overall Ranking: 9th
Wow: the athleticism and agility you want to see from the heir apparent to the Quentin Nelson throne of guards, Vera-Tucker has excellent mobility and a really good anchor. He can play LT, and play it very well, but I think he’s got insane guard potential. He does an excellent job of getting to the 2nd level of a defense and he comes off the snap ridiculously hard.
2. Ohio State OG Wyatt Davis
Overall Ranking: 24th
Grade: Late 1st
Wow: a plug-and-play right guard at the next level, Wyatt Davis’s 2019 film showed an NFL-ready player whereas 2020 still showed flashes of that with some hiccups. He has great vision and a good first move to ward off pass rushers.
Worry: that the Davis we get is the Davis from 2020, who played a little out of control (likely due to injury)
3. Oklahoma C Creed Humphrey
Overall Ranking: 32nd
Grade: Late 1st
Wow: best Center in this class, but Humphrey can also slot right into a guard spot because of his intelligence and his strong anchor.
Worry: short arms and some timidness when engaging defenders.
4. Ohio State C Josh Myers
Overall Ranking: 39th
Wow: raw power and a strong anchor that prevents him from getting knocked back by defenders.
Worry: not the best lateral mobility.
Overall Ranking: 48th
Grade: Mid 2nd
Wow: explosive off the snap with a pretty good burst, and just absolutely violent hands.
Worry: a torn right ACL, ankle surgery, ankle injury, and ligament damage in his left knee
6. Tennessee OG Trey Smith
Overall Ranking: 67th
Wow: a mauler at guard who has one mission and one mission only: obliterate the guy across from him. Smith has exceptional power and a strong base that prevents him from getting pushed back.
Worry: has tight hips and had blood clots in his lungs