TOJ DraftSZN Presents Dylan’s Dimes: Week 6 Edition

Last week, I highlighted two guys on opposite sides of a Big Ten matchup and discussed Spencer Rattler. Despite the raw talent Rattler possesses, he proved some of his flaws that I pinpointed to be apparent when he lost control of the game and failed to work through his progressions, leading to his benching. This week, here’s to hoping the three players that go through the wringer don’t have similarly poor performances. 

Introduction:

Dylan’s Dimes will be a ten step breakdown of three of the biggest draft eligible players taking the field in some of the biggest matchups each week. I analyze background, on the field performance, off the field traits, opinions around the NCAA, all leading up to the dropping the dime on how they could fit with gang green.

1/10-The Prospects:

Every year, athletes that transcend their position come out of the draft. The Georgia Bulldogs are the top ranked team in the country, and a big part of their success is obviously tied to their talent. Coming off the edge, the Bulldogs have one of the most fluid pass rushers in EDGE, Adam Anderson.

The NBA Champions this year had their own Greek freak in Giannis Antetokounmpo. In Indiana, Purdue has their own version of the Greek freak. Despite a bumpy college career at times, the freak athlete and second edge going through the breakdown this week is EDGE, George Karlaftis. 

From high school, certain players emerge as stars. From high school star to college football national champion and being named an All-American, this player has had success at all levels. Despite LSU having a rough year and this player being out for the remainder of it, two years of Derek Stingley Jr.

2/10-The Measurables:

Anderson:

-Height: 6’5”

-Weight: 230 lbs

-Year: Senior

-Birthdate: 10/19/1999

-From: Rome, GA

Karlaftis:

-Height: 6’4”

-Weight: 275 lbs

-Year: Junior

-Birthdate: 4/3/2001

-From: Athens, Greece

Stingley Jr.:

-Height: 6’1”

-Weight: 190 lbs

-Year: Junior

-Birthdate: 6/20/2001

-From: Baton Rouge, LA

3/10-The Background:

Anderson:

Adam Anderson’s story is one of adversity and strength prevailing. After his sister and step father passed away at a young age, Anderson stepped up to help raise his family. Anderson produced on the gridiron to take care of them off it. Anderson was the 2016 state defensive plater of the year. He was highly touted and ranked as one of the top edge rushers in the country. He took off from there, committing to Georgia, then LSU, then back to Georgia. He bided his time behind Azeez Ojulari and other talented players, rotating in and making the most of each reps. 

Karlaftis:

Born in Greece, Yoros (renamed George) Karlaftis lived there until 2014 when unfortunately his father passed away, prompting a move to the United States. From there, Karlaftis found the game of football and excelled. He had 41 sacks in high school, was named to the U.S. Army All-American game in 2019 and was named defensive player of the year. In Track and Field, Karlaftis was a two-time state champion in shot put. Similarly to Anderson, Karlaftis dealt with the hand he was dealt and has excelled. 

Stingley Jr.:

Stingley Jr. has always had football in his blood. His grandfather played in the NFL and his father played in the AFL. He has been an absolute star from the start, putting up 27 interceptions in his time at The Dunham School. He was the Louisiana Gatorade Football player of the year and ranked as the top player in his class. He then committed to LSU where he started as a freshman, earned all-American accolades and had 6 INTs right out of the gate.

4/10-The Performance:

Anderson:

2020: 9 games, 13 tackles, 5.5 TFLs, 5.5 Sacks, 1 FF & 1 FR.

2021: 5 games, 19 tackles, 4.5 TFLs, 4.5 Sacks 

Karlaftis:

2019: 12 games, 54 tackles, 17.0 TFLs, 7.5 Sacks, 1 FF & 2 FR.

2020 (Injured for Majority of Season): 2 games, 4 tackles, 2.0 TFLs & 2.0 Sacks.

2021: 5 games, 20 tackles, 3.0 TFLs, 1.5 Sacks & 2 FF.

Stingley Jr.:

2019: 15 games, 38 tackles, 1.0 TFL, 6 INTs, 15 PBUs & 1 FR.

2020: 7 games, 27 tackles, 2.5 TFL, 5 PBUs, 1 FF & 1 FR.

2021 (Will Miss Remainder of Season): 3 games, 8 tackles, 3.5 TFLs & 1 FF.

5/10-The Good:

Anderson:

Adam Anderson is an incredibly fluid and effective pass rusher. He uses his size well and his light frame to burst into the gaps and make plays. Speaking of making plays, despite rotating into action behind top tier guys as I mentioned before, he still produced 5.5 sacks in his Junior year. He constantly demonstrates a high motor as he flies all over the field making plays even when it may seem out of reach. He chased down guys like Desmond Ridder who has exceptional mobility. Anderson’s athleticism and burst are constantly prevalent and will make him a force at the next level.

Karlaftis:

Karlaftis a well rounded prospect with a top tier football IQ. He moves men around systematically to not just make plays but open up the field for his teammates to make plays. He doesn’t always need the headlines, he is okay opening things up. Karlaftis, similarly to Anderson can also move all over the field. What’s unique with him is despite his frame, he moves all over the field like a safety. He’s a constant play maker, for example in 2019, he had a forced fumble, recovered two and snatched an interception against TCU. He is constantly involved in the plays and always tries to make an impact. 

Stingley Jr.:

In high school, as I mentioned earlier Stingley had 27 picks, and in college that transition has been seamless. He’s a ballhawking corner that if the ball is in play, will most likely come down with it. He’s physical but he has superb control and technique to channel it and time routes nearly perfectly. He’s faced the best of the best and done a very good job, going against tight ends like Kyle Pitts and Heisman winners like Devonta Smith, frequently. He’s not going to win every matchup, but he may be the most proven commodity given how he’s faired against top receivers.

6/10-The Bad:

Anderson:

For Anderson, his biggest issue that I can point stems from lack of closing ability. More often than not, he finds his way in the backfield. Although he can tackle in open space and take care of guys with good mobility, when he has an opportunity for a sack he struggles to close and typically walks away with more pressures. This season he has closed more efficiently, but time will tell if he can continue to do this, especially at the next level.

Karlaftis: 

For Karlaftis, he’s rebounded from his injury well, but he’s lacked the same productivity he had in his freshman year. He looks to be focusing more on disruption than closing and producing as many substantial big plays. He lacks a pop in his tackling and tends to shy away from laying bigger hits on players. He certainly has the power, but he needs refinement in order to develop that power into a bigger asset.

Stingley Jr.:

When it comes to pushing off his man and getting involved in the run game, Stingley tends to struggle. He tends to hang with his man so long that it’s hard for him to catch backup as a tackler. His range for tackling could stand to improve and in zone he could struggle at times if he fails to advance that.

7/10-The Focus of Improvement:

Anderson: Closing Ability

Karlaftis: Power

Stingley Jr.: Run Support

8/10-The Potential:

Anderson:

Adam Anderson reminds me of two guys from last year’s class, Odafe Oweh and former teammate Azeez Ojulari. His fluidity allows him to constantly make plays and his high motor will serve him well at the next level, similarly to as it has for Oweh. Anderson can start as a rotational pass rusher, but could easily develop into an every down weapon at the next level. Anderson has potential to be an impact player and he’s demonstrated that at every step of the way.

Karlaftis:

Karlaftis has been a leader for his teams, he’s a superb talent and can make plays for himself and others. He’s an ideal edge rusher for a lot of teams and can be an immediate impact guy like Maxx Crosby was for the Las Vegas Raiders in year one. He needs to land in the right scheme that caters to his skill set and allows him to demonstrate more productivity, but regardless, I foresee him becoming an impact player relatively fast.

Stingley Jr.:

There are no sure things in football, or sports for that matter. If I’m a betting man though, I foresee Stingley being a top tier number one corner at the next level. He’s hung with guys who have transitioned to the NFL and become top play makers, proving he can hang with the talent he will line up against. Stingley can be a top corner in this league and I foresee him bouncing back from his foot injury, having a decent combine performance and finding himself as a top pick in this year’s draft.

9/10-The Outside Opinion:

Anderson:

“He’s still college football’s most potent pass rusher.”- Mike Renner, Pro Football Focus

Karlaftis:

“So far this season, Karlaftis has been one of the best players in college football and has shown any doubter that he is a blue-chip talent and on the same level as Thibodeaux, if not better.”- Jack Borowsky, Sports Illustrated

Stingley Jr.:

“Stingley remains a force in the secondary. No opposing team wants to throw the ball in his direction and risk a potential interception. His speed and vertical jump make him the standout cornerback of this draft class.”- Lukas Weese, The Undefeated

10/10-The Fit:

Anderson:

Anderson could find himself thriving in the Saleh/Ulbrich defense. Anderson is fluid and can adapt quickly given different blocking schemes. He’s smart and will pick up the system quickly, and make an impact. The team could pair Anderson with Lawson off the edge and have a formidable pass rush duo moving forward, with two guys who can make plays and demonstrated superb athleticism on the regular.

Karlaftis:

Karlaftis fit isn’t as seamless as Anderson, but the Jets can’t pass up talent. Karlaftis is a talent on an off the field, he has a high football IQ and he’s a coaches dream. If the Jets can get Karlaftis, you do it and figure out fit after. With a talent like him, the team could bolster the defense immediately and that’s hard to pass up.

Stingley Jr.:

Aside from Linderbaum, Stingley is the only other player I have watched to this point that I will bang the drum for aggressively. Stingley is a top tier corner and would give the defense a bonafide star at corner for the first time since the Revis Island days. I would feel comfortable saying he has the highest floor in the class and is a very safe bet for success. Given the emergence of Bryce Hall, pairing the two together could insure the Jets secondary is set up for the foreseeable and long term future. 

TOJ DraftSZN Presents Dylan’s Dimes: Week 4 Edition

This week features some intense rivalry matchups with significant playoff ramifications. It also features big games for some of the top prospects to prove their worth, especially this weeks three players.

Introduction:

Dylan’s Dimes will be a ten step breakdown of three of the biggest draft eligible players taking the field in some of the biggest matchups each week. I analyze background, on the field performance, off the field traits, opinions around the NCAA, all leading up to the dropping the dime on how they could fit with gang green.

1/10-The Prospects:

Arkansas has been one of the biggest surprises in college football this season. With one of, if not their biggest game of the season coming up, it only felt right to highlight a playmaker from their squad. For me, that player is Treylon Burks, WR.

Alabama’s matchup with Ole Miss this weekend figures to be one of their biggest games of the season. A lot has been made about the highly ranked matchup, and one of the keys to Bama keeping their #1 ranking will be the play of Christian Harris, LB.

The last player featured on Dylan’s Dimes is one of the most popular players in college football right now. He figures to be the current Heisman favorite, and a win over Alabama could assert the Ole Miss  as the front runner. This player is the electrifying Matt Corral, QB.

2/10-The Measurables:

Treylon Burks:

-Height: 6’3”

-Weight: 232 lbs

-Year: Sophomore

-Birthdate: 3/23/2000

-From: Warren, Arkansas

Christian Harris:

-Height: 6’3″

-Weight: 232 lbs

-Year: Junior

-Birthdate: 1/16/2001

-From: Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Matt Corral:

-Height: 6’2”

-Weight: 205 lbs

-Year: Junior

-Birthdate: 1/31/1999

-From: Ventura, CA

3/10-The Background:

Treylon Burks:

Burks was a three sport star in high school playing football, basketball and baseball. He went to Warren High School and lit it up during his time there producing over 3,400 yards, 151 receptions and 43 touchdowns in his collegiate career. Unfortunately, Burks missed his senior season with a torn ACL. It hasn’t slowed Burks down though, as he overcame adversity and has torn apart competition over the past two seasons. 

Christian Harris:

Harris played at the LSU Lab School playing receiver and safety. He was a 2019 All-American, and committed to Texas A&M. LSU lost out, and then lost out AGAIN when Harris decommitted and chose to go to Alabama instead. Harris has since won a National title as the anchor of the crimson tide defense. 

Matt Corral:

Corral went to two different high schools, starting at Oaks Christian School before transferring to Long Beach Polytechnic High School. Corral had drama with students and teammates at Oaks Christian that ultimately drove him towards Long Beach. Corral was a 2018 U.S. Army All American Bowl, committed to USC and projected to be the new face of Trojan football, then committed to the Gators before committing to Ole Miss instead.

4/10-The Performance:

2019 & 2020 Statistics:

Treylon Burks:

2019: 11 games, 29 receptions for 475 yards.

2020: 8 games, 49 receptions, 804 yards and 7 touchdowns.

Christian Harris:

2019: 12 games, 61 tackles, 7.5 TFLs and a FR.

2020: 13 games, 79 tackles, 7.0 TFLs, 4.5 sacks and an INT.

Matt Corral:

2019: 10 games, 105/178, 59.0 completion percentage, 1,362 yards, 7.6 Y/A, 6 touchdowns and 3 interceptions. 

2020: 10 games, 231/326, 70.9 completion percentage, 3,337 yards, 10.2 Y/A, 29 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.

5/10-The Good:

Treylon Burks:

Burks is a physical receiver with capabilities as both a blocker and an aggressive catcher with his big hands and large frame. He’s versatile as he’s been used on special teams returning punts and kicks. Burks makes big plays and his speed allows him to both create separation and produce yards after the catch. His physicality is unmatched by any receiver in the class. 

Christian Harris:

Harris is a leader, that far and away is his most distinct trait. Harris can lead the defense well and steps up wherever needed. Harris captains the defense at an elite level and provides athletic ability you could only dream of. Harris has the hit power to knock helmets off and he’s a constant impact player for the Crimson Tide.

Matt Corral:

Corral moves outside the pocket well and has strong footwork most of the time. His arm is very very good, he puts good velocity on his balls and has the arm strength to make most throws. Corral poses enough pocket awareness to prove he can be a strong pocket passer at the next level, and enough athleticism to handle himself outside of the pocket.

6/10-The Bad:

Treylon Burks: 

Burks size pigeon holes him as an outside receiver at the next level, which isn’t necessarily a problem, but it makes him less valuable than other poten tial options in the class. Burks biggest flaw is a weak route tree that could stand to be developed at the next level.

Christian Harris:

Transitioning from a safety to a linebacker was inevitably going to have its challenges. Harris lacks size, given Burks is even bigger than him. He struggles in zone, and he can fall behind when burnt. His tackling ability can lack at times as well.

Matt Corral:

From a general standpoint, Corral needs to improve decision making. There are certain decisions and plays that Corral makes that lead you to question his thought process. Corral tends to make questionable throws and still needs to advance in his progressions. Off the field, Corral reportedly had hiccups at his first high school that led him to transfer, apparently regarding a potential fight. Then, Corral committed to USC and Florida before recommitting and choosing Ole Miss. To be a franchise quarterback, Corral needs to take jumps on and off the field.

7/10-The Focus of Improvement:

Treylon Burks: Advance His Route Tree

Christian Harris: Tackling

Matt Corral: Decision Making

8/10-The Potential:

Treylon Burks: 

Burks projects as a strong outside receiver at the next level. He can stick with rosters given his special teams versatility and his physicality can make him an impact player as a rookie. His lack of advancement in his route tree is worrisome, but his talent is undeniable. Burks brings enough raw talent to the table to project as a strong receiver at the next level, but fit will be imperative to Burks.

Christian Harris:

Harris fits the mold of the current NFL linebacker. His athleticism is reminiscent of Isaiah Simmons and he can project to play similarly at the next level. His IQ and leadership makes him a natural fit at the next level. Harris is a raw prospect but the potential is through the roof.

Matt Corral:

Corral has potential to be molded into a capable starter at the next level. Corral just has a lot of question marks on and off the field. Corral needs to take steps forward to prove he can lead at an elite level, overcome adversity and make smart decisions when it counts. Alabama will truly be the biggest test of how far he’s come as a leader and a quarterback.

9/10-The Outside Opinion:

Treylon Burks:

“Burks is one of the strongest receivers in college football, benching 380 pounds squatting 500 and power cleaning 280.”- Bruce Feldman, The Athletic

Christian Harris:

“Above all, the Louisiana native is in a prime position to earn the Butkus Award in 2021. As the new leader of the Crimson Tide’s defense, expect him to refine his game to make him an elite defensive prospect in the 2022 NFL draft.”- CJ Errickson, Yardbraker

Matt Corral:

“Corral has a very intriguing skill set. He’s an excellent athlete and a versatile thrower. He’s capable of driving the ball into small windows, layering the ball over linebackers/under safeties and dropping the deep ball into the bucket. His overall touch is outstanding.”- Daniel Jeremiah, NFL Network

10/10-The Fit:

Treylon Burks:

The entire time I wrote Burks’ profile, I had flashbacks to Denzel Mims. Elite size, substantial speed, but poorly developed route tree and lackluster hands at times, all remind me of Mims. If Burks is used properly, he can excel at the next level, but his fit within this offense would be questionable to me. Still, Burks has potential to be a very good talent and he’s a much better athlete than Mims. I won’t pass up offensive improvements, but I think there are other players who could help the offense more than Burks, 

Christian Harris:

Harris is an athletic talent with exceptional leadership abilities. The idea of Harris in the defense would likely be a dream for Robert Saleh. Harris can be used in a variety of different scenarios, and he doesn’t have to be pigeonholed to a particular system. Harris is raw, and there are prospects who could be more worthwhile based on positional value, but if Harris is available with the second first rounder or their second rounder, he is worth a serious look.

Matt Corral:

Matt Corral will not be a New York Jet. I don’t know where he ends up, but no matter how poorly Zach Wilson plays, he will not be unseated by Corral. The Jets have to focus on building around Wilson and fostering his success, not unseating him one year in. 

Dylan’s Dimes: Week 3 Edition

Dylan Price breaks down three top NFL draft prospects in this week’s edition of Dylan’s Dimes.

The losing streak is dead! Last week Alabama and Penn State squeaked out wins, so there is no curse… I repeat, no curse. With that said, this week’s crop is a really good one, featuring two of the top players in the class and a superstar playmaker.

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DraftSZN Presents: Dylan’s Dimes, Week 2 Edition

Introduction:

Dylan’s Dimes will be a ten-step breakdown of three of the biggest draft-eligible players taking the field in some of the biggest matchups each week. I analyze the background, on-the-field performance, off-the-field traits, opinions around the NCAA, all leading up to the dropping the dime on how they could fit with the New York Jets.

Well, hopefully, this isn’t the beginning of a DD curse, as the Buckeyes and the Cyclones lost last weekend after featuring their playmakers prominently in the series opener. With that said, we’re back for another edition of Dylan’s Dimes.

1/10-The Prospects:

The first prospect kicking off this week’s edition of Dylan’s Dimes is an absolute mountain of a man. He anchors the Crimson Tide, and as they head to Gainesville for a massive matchup with the Florida Gators, this player will be crucial to the team’s success. That player is Evan Neal, Tackle, Alabama.

On the opposing side of Neal and the Bama offense will be the Gators defense. A defense that is led by one of the top secondary prospects in the country. Florida has produced some talented corners in the past few years, but this one has the potential to be one of the best. The second player going under the microscope will be Kaiir Elam, Corner, Florida.

This weekend’s most anticipated game takes place far from the south, instead it takes place in the Northeast. One of the cornerstones of a defense that has played incredibly well the past two weeks will be the last player going through the ringer, and that will be Jaquan Brisker, Safety, Penn State.

2/10-The Measurables:

Evan Neal:

-Height: 6’7”

-Weight: 351 lbs

-Year: Junior

-Birthdate: 9/19/2000

-From: Okeechobee, FL

Kaiir Elam:

-Height: 6’2”

-Weight: 193 lbs

-Year: Junior

-Birthdate: 5/5/2001

-From:  Riviera Beach, FL

Jaquan Brisker:

-Height: 6’1”

-Weight: 203lbs

-Year: Senior

-Birthdate: 4/20/1999

-From: Pittsburgh, PA

3/10-The Background:

Evan Neal:

Neal was born and raised in Okeechobee, Florida before making the decision to transfer to the notorious IMG Academy. From there, Neal garnered more notoriety and landed himself in the 2019 Under Armour All America Game. Neal then landed himself at Alabama where he became a National Champion in 2021.

Kaiir Elam: 

Elam was a three sport athlete in high school playing basketball and football, while also running track. He was named the Palm Beach 5A-1A defensive player of the year. He was ranked as one of the top 5 prospects in the country and received offers from some of the top schools in the nation before selecting Florida.

Jaquan Brisker:

Brisker was a talented piece of the Gateway Senior High Football program, he landed All-Big East 5A all-section honors twice. He was named team MVP twice and was an all-section recipient for Basketball twice as well. He then attended Lackawana Community College where was ranked as one of the top 30 JUCO prospects in the country and an All-American recipient in 2018. That was before he transferred to Penn State for his remaining years.

4/10-The Performance:

2019 & 2020 Statistics:

Evan Neal:

2019: Helped aide the team’s 3.0% sack rate and 44% of the team’s rushing attempts resulting in gains of 5 or more yards.

2020: 1.5 sacks allowed, 4 QB hurries and 3 Pressures.

Kaiir Elam:

2019: 8 games, 10 tackles, 2 INTs and 4 pass deflections.

2020: 12 games, 39 tackles, 1.0 TFLs, 2 INTs, 11 pass deflections, 1 FR. 

Jaquan Brisker:

2019: 13 games, 31 tackles, 1.0 TFLs, 2 INTs and 4 pass deflections. 

2020: 9 games, 57 tackles, 3.0 TFLs, 1 INT and 5 pass deflections.

5/10-The Good:

Evan Neal: 

There is a lot of good in Evan Neal’s game. I have had the pleasure of evaluating some of the top linemen in the past two classes, but Neal immediately strikes me as one of the best. Neal is a superb run blocker who uses his weight in an efficient manner. Neal adds even more in the passing game, as he’s protected his Quarterbacks at an incredible rate. Pass rushers rarely get by Neal and his hand usage allows him to create enough space that even when the pocket collapses he can keep his man from capitalizing. Neal’s best trait is his strength, I genuinely believe this guy could move mountains. 

Kaiir Elam: 

Elam has excellent height for a corner, and this allows him to cover ground quickly with a large stride. Elam is versatile and can slot inside or outside. He’s fluid in coverage and can work well to catch back up to opposing receivers if he loses a step. He’s a good press corner and he uses his reach well to avoid falling behind in the first place. Overall, Elam is a very skilled corner, with room to grow, but lots of strong base skills to develop.

Jaquan Brisker:

Brisker reminds me of (don’t hate me Jets fans) a little bit of a Jamal Adams lite. Brisker is a refined tackler, leader and overall warrior. Brisker fights through pain, fights through adversity and has come back from injuries and even attending a JUCO school. Brisker is an excellent tackler, but above all else, he’s a leader who’s capable of being a core fixture of a defense. 

6/10-The Bad:

Evan Neal:

For me, Neal grades out as a nearly flawless prospect at times. The minimal issues with Neal stem from a lack of quickness and athleticism. Understandably, a lineman with as big of a frame as Neal is going to be weighed down, but Neal could stand to improve his fast twitch muscles and general athleticism.

Kaiir Elam: 

Elam has a lot of strong base skills and fundamentals as I noted before. He can stand to improve, but Elam needs to react more efficiently and quickly. He’s a decent tackler, nothing exceptional, but productive. He does need to react quicker to plays 10-15 yards and in, as he can struggle to keep his head on a swivel at times, specifically in that zone. 

Jaquan Brisker:

The doubts with Brisker were never that he was a good tackler, as I noted before, he’s one of the best in the class. For Brisker though, heading into the season, the questions surrounded his range in coverage and playmaking ability. Although I’ve seen flashes of growth in that area this season, he has a big test against Auburn tonight, and a few other games on the schedule where he can demonstrate potential growth in coverage.

7/10-The Focus of Improvement:

Evan Neal:

Athleticism

Kaiir Elam: 

Reactions

Jaquan Brisker:

Range in Coverage

8/10-The Potential:

Evan Neal:

Neal is a franchise left tackle. There’s no deep elaboration needed about how he can grow moving forward. I am a little nervous that his frame could be a threat for injuries, but his skill set is so advanced that he can still overcome those doubts. Neal will make a quarterback very happy, and potentially extend a quarterback’s career.

Kaiir Elam: 

C.J. Henderson was a quality cornerback for the Florida Gators, and he’s struggled to transition to the pros at times. I am sure the comparison will be made between the two, but they are very different players. Elam has the press ability and adaptiveness to be a number one corner at the next level. His short yardage coverage is worrisome, but if he can improve his reactions, he will be a top tier corner at the next level. 

Jaquan Brisker:

Brisker is a little harder to gauge when it comes to potential. Brisker is a very strong prospect with good character and tackling abilities. If he doesn’t show significant coverage and durability strides, he will likely be a late first rounder or early second. I do expect Brisker to do well at the next level, but of the three players, fit will be most imperative for Brisker moving forward.

9/10-The Outside Opinion:

Evan Neal:

“Neal has some blemishes, but it’s hard to find players who possess his combination of size, length and quickness. He plays with a nasty temperament and solid overall awareness. I believe there’s a happy medium where he can maintain his violent play style while demonstrating a little more body control to avoid falling off blocks. He has the skill set of a 10-year starting right tackle.”- Daniel Jeremiah, NFL Network

Kaiir Elam: 

Kaiir Elam might just be the best cornerback in the 2022 NFL Draft. I know that may sound brash in a class that boasts LSU star Derek Stingley Jr. and Cincinnati clamp machine Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner. But the Florida CB is right there with them, and he has the amalgamation of physical and mental traits to take his game to the next level in 2021.”- Ian Cummings, Pro Football Network

Jaquan Brisker:

“Brisker is an excellent run defending safety. He reads developing plays well and shoots gaps quickly. Has straight-line speed to fill the hole fast. He recognizes plays quickly and has a ton of feel for the game.”-Sports Illustrated NFL Draft Fan Nation

10/10-The Fit:

Evan Neal: 

The Jets invested their future in Mekhi Becton when they selected him two years ago. Becton is a mammoth of a man, just as is Evan Neal. Neal is a superb blocker, but Becton and him both have that big frame that concerns me. Moving forward the Jets could be in the market for another addition to the offensive line, and he could be of value, especially if they kicked him inside. Neal would be a massive edition, and Gang Green would happily welcome another protector for Zach Wilson.

Kaiir Elam: 

Elam may be the best fit of the three for the Jets. Elam would give the Jets a legitimate number one cornerback. Although I have concerns about some portions of his game, Elam can be a star in the NFL and having him in the green and white would give the Jets their first legitimate star corner since the Revis Island days. 

Jaquan Brisker:

The Jets need a safety for the future, and if Brisker falls to the second or third round of the draft, he would be a great piece. However, safety is not a place the Jets need to target with their first rounder. I think Brisker would be best fit in a situation like Pittsburgh where he could be a running mate to someone like Minkah Fitzpatrick and learn from a veteran. 

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4 Round Mock Draft: What if the Jets trade the second pick?

Dylan Price lays out a trade-back scenario for the New York Jets.

This mock draft is based on the premise of the Jets officially locking the second pick in the draft. They now have a plethora of options, but rather than unpatch every scenario, here is a route the Jets could go with the lone caveat being they had to trade down at #2.

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