The 2021 NFL Draft – We Made It

Joe and Connor with their final thoughts headed into the 2021 NFL Draft…

Joe Caporoso and Connor Rogers give their final thoughts headed into the 2021 NFL Draft, discuss their favorite prop bets, worst/best case scenarios for Thursday Night, if New England is trading up for a quarterback, Zach Wilson hype (and non hype) along with much more… 

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Author: Joe Caporoso

Joe Caporoso is the Owner and EIC of Turn On The Jets. His writing has been featured in the New York Times, Huffington Post, MMQB and AdWeek. Caporoso played football his entire life, including four years at Muhlenberg as a wide receiver, where he was arguably the slowest receiver to ever start in school history. He is the EVP of Content at Whistle Sports

Zantz’s Final Mock Draft (7 Rounds/No Trades)

Stephen Zantz Gives his Last Mock Draft of 2021!

It is officially draft week and this upcoming weekend can shape the future of the New York Jets for the next decade. The Jets are loaded with draft capital and Joe Douglas has repeatedly stated he plans to build through the draft. Let’s hope he can back up his promise with a strong second draft class. The following mock draft was generated through the PFF simulator with the settings geared heavier towards positional value. This also includes zero trades although I believe JD will be active on day 2 and 3 in the trade market.

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TOJ Pod ft. Jets LB Blake Cashman

Will Parkinson chats with Jets LB Blake Cashman on this episode of TOJ Pod.

On this episode of the Turn on the Jets Podcast Will Parkinson is joined by New York Jets Linebacker Blake Cashman as they discuss:

  • Going from College walk-on to NFL draft pick
  • Off-season program adjustments
  • Coach Saleh
  • Chipotle Orders
  • Zach Wilson

And so much more!!

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TOJ Pick Six: NFL Draft Offensive Sleepers for the New York Jets

We are now six days away from the NFL Draft and the New York Jets are wrapping up their pre-draft virtual visits and have probably identified their “get by any means” prospects and their “run the hell away” prospects. Before I transition to giving you my top 6 rankings for the defensive side of the ball, I wanted to give you my top 6 sleepers on the offensive side of the ball.

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Author: Dalbin Osorio

Dalbin Osorio is a Case Planner for Graham-Windham, New York's oldest child welfare agency. He is, also, a student at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College. Dalbin graduated from Monroe College with a degree in Business Administration. A 3 sport utility man in high school (think a mix of Jerome WIlliams, Brad Smith, and Jayson Nix), he joined TOJ in 2013.

Draft SZN: Talking CBs, Safeties, and Linebackers

The Draft SZN squad talks CBs, Safeties, and LBs ahead of next week’s 2021 NFL Draft.

On this episode of Draft SZN, DA Osorio, Joe Belic, James Kuntz, and Michael Meegan discuss the Cornerbacks, Safeties, and Linebackers you need to know about as a Jets fan. They also chat with Matt Waldman about a variety of topics including WRs, RBs, and his nuanced Zach Wilson take.

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TOJ Pick Six: NFL Draft Interior Offensive Linemen for the New York Jets

DA ranks his top 6 IOL!

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
Grade: First
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.
Worry: None.

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
Grade: 2nd
Wow: raw power and a strong anchor that prevents him from getting knocked back by defenders.
Worry: not the best lateral mobility.

5. Alabama IOL Landon Dickerson
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
Grade: 3rd
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

Author: Dalbin Osorio

Dalbin Osorio is a Case Planner for Graham-Windham, New York's oldest child welfare agency. He is, also, a student at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College. Dalbin graduated from Monroe College with a degree in Business Administration. A 3 sport utility man in high school (think a mix of Jerome WIlliams, Brad Smith, and Jayson Nix), he joined TOJ in 2013.

TOJ Pick Six: NFL Draft’s Offensive Tackles for the New York Jets

DA Osorio Ranks his Top 6 Offensive Tackles in the 2021 NFL Draft.

With 9 days until the NFL Draft, we continue my pick six with the offensive tackles. We went through the pass catchers yesterday: today it’s tackles, then with interior offensive line, interior defensive line, edge, linebackers, cornerbacks, and safeties following. If you’re new to our draft coverage, the way these rankings work is I will give you:
-my top 6 at each position with stats
-my round grade
-their overall ranking on my big board
-something that wows and worries me about each prospect.

Mehki Becton and Connor McGovern are locked in as starters on the OL, while George Fant seems to be locked in at the RT position. The Jets do not have a capable starter on the interior, and Joe Douglas’s refusal to even call Corey Linsley and then allowing himself to get outbid for Joe Thuney either means he is confident in Greg Van Roten and Alex Lewis or he is planning to address these holes in the draft. This doesn’t mean he should ignore tackle completely, especially when you consider that Fant’s contract has only $1M in dead money and can save the Jets almost $10M if he’s released next year. This class has some good tackles that can start out inside before kicking out to RT if/when Fant is released. If you need more info about each prospect, make sure to subscribe to Badlands to read Connor’s excellent Draft Guide.

Let’s take this pick six back to the future.

1. Northwestern OT Rashawn Slater
Overall Ranking: 6th
Round Grade: 1st
Wow: allowed 5 pressures over 355 dropbacks, a rate of 1 pressure every 71 snaps. That would’ve been tops in the league, which is where I think Slater will be at the next level. Slater has the potential to be an All-Pro guard, tackle, or center in the NFL and his strength and footwork and where he already is (he’s already good enough to start on an NFL offensive line and actually be good) make him the best tackle in this class for me. For evidence, see what he did to Chase Young in 2019.
Worry: hasn’t played football in a year.

2. Virginia Tech OT Christian Darrisaw
Overall Ranking: 10th
Round Grade: 1st
Wow: did not allow a single sack or hit all year, and only allowed six pressures. Darrisaw improved every year in Blacksburg and reminds me a lot of former Jets great D’Brickashaw Ferguson. The former Hokie is strong, athletic, and can play both tackle positions really well. I think Darrisaw can, also, play inside and be dominant from either guard position.
Worry: his feet aren’t the most consistent when matched up versus speedier edges.

3. Oregon OT Penei Sewell
Overall Ranking: 18th
Round Grade: Mid-1st
Wow: still incredibly raw for a player that was as good as he was at 19 years old, it is scary to think what Sewell’s ceiling is. He has excellent hands, and was PFF’s highest graded collegiate tackle ever. Just an absolute violent blocker in the run game, Sewell has the potential to develop into a franchise LT.
Worry: does not have the best technique and may be better long-term at OG.

4. Oklahoma OT Tevin Jenkins
Overall Ranking: 22nd
Round Grade: Late-First
Wow: 11 pressures in 623 snaps over two seasons, an absurd rate when you consider how many one-on-one matchups left tackles generally face. Has a violent punch to thwart off pass rushers, and loves to dominate the competition.
Worry: his lack of athleticism.

5. Notre Dame OT Liam Eichenberg
Overall Ranking: 23
Round Grade: Late-First
Wow: as NFL-ready a prospect as you’ll find in this class who I originally thought should transition to guard but really think he’d be an excellent right tackle at the next level. Eichenberg has sound fundamentals and really could find a lot of success wherever he is drafted.
Worry: better run blocker than pass protector at this point in his career.

6. North Dakota State OT Dillon Radunz
Overall Ranking: 33
Round Grade: 2nd
Wow: really good agility and a really good run blocker, Trey Lance’s blindside was thoroughly protected by Radunz. He has experience in a pro-style offense so his transition to the NFL won’t be as difficult as other prospects.
Worry: wondering if he will remain as agile if he’s asked to put on weight.

Author: Dalbin Osorio

Dalbin Osorio is a Case Planner for Graham-Windham, New York's oldest child welfare agency. He is, also, a student at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College. Dalbin graduated from Monroe College with a degree in Business Administration. A 3 sport utility man in high school (think a mix of Jerome WIlliams, Brad Smith, and Jayson Nix), he joined TOJ in 2013.

TOJ Pod ft. John Jastremski

Will Parkinson interviews John Jastremski about the 2021 Jets.

On this episode of the Turn on the Jets podcast Will Parkinson is joined by John Jastremski formerly of WFAN and current host of “New York, New York” on the Ringer podcast network as they discuss:

– Jets draft needs/outlook for 2021
– Tua vs Wilson vs Allen vs Cam
– Dolphins vs Jets fandom
– All things NY Sports

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