TOJ Pick Six w/ Stephen Zantz (Week 7 Jets/Bengals)

Stephen Zantz analyzes fan questions in this week’s edition of Pick Six.

The Pick Six column officially returns as TOJ Live Co-Host Stephen Zantz answers your Twitter questions. He, also, will consider questions that Joe Caporoso doesn’t get a chance to answer during his weekly Saturday AMAs. Don’t forget to tweet Stephen questions every week at @szantz on Twitter.

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TOJ’s DraftSZN Presents Dylan’s Dimes: Week 7 Edition

Last week saw every player who went through Dylan’s Dimes come out on the winning side. Not only that, but George Karlaftis had a coming out party on a bright stage upsetting then #2 ranked Iowa. Now, this week, the fortune will look to continue as I highlight one of the most athletic playmakers in the class, an instinctual safety with a high football IQ and the MOST talked about player in this class. 

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:

This week, leading us off is an athletic safety with a nack for making plays. He made a statement as a key piece of Northwestern’s success last season, and now looks to be a potential top safety if he chooses to come out this year. That player is, Brandon Joseph, S, Northwestern.

On the court, on the field, doesn’t matter, this guy finds a way to make plays. A rare two sport player, this athlete is a crucial piece of the USC Trojans football and basketball program. He’s a versatile player (get ready to hear that over and over until April) and one of the most exciting playmakers in the class. The second player going through the gauntlet is, Drake London, WR, USC.

Since this time last year, he was making headlines and being touted as one of the best in the 2022 draft. He’s missed some time this season, but when on the field, he’s undoubtedly one of, if not the best. The Ducks have had success this season, but Kayvon Thibodeaux, DE, Oregon, figures to have success, now and beyond.

2/10-The Measurables:

Joseph:

-Height: 6’1”

-Weight: 192lbs

-Year: Sophomore

-From: College Station, Texas

London:

-Height: 6’5”

-Weight: 210lbs

-Year: Sophomore

-From: Moorpark, California

Thibodeaux:

-Height: 6’5”

-Weight: 258lbs

-Year: Junior

-From: South Los Angeles, California

3/10-The Background:

Joseph:

Grew up a texan at heart, born and raised in College Station, Texas. At College Station high, Joseph was an all-state safety, racking up 95 tackles with 10 passes broken up and five interceptions. Joseph originally intended to remain in Texas, at Texas Tech. Then, Joseph surprised and committed to Northwestern. Joseph was highly touted and following his freshman year even ranked in as one of the top safeties in college football according to PFF.

London:

London is a freak of nature. At Moorpark high school, London is forever stitched in history. In his senior year, he had 62 receptions for over 1,000 yards and 12 scores. London also averaged a double-double on the court with 29.2 PPG, and an average of 11.9 rebounds and 3.8 assists. London was highly regarded in both basketball and football recruiting circles and ended up staying in California, joining the Trojans for basketball and football. 

Thibodeaux:

Kayvon Thibodeaux is no stranger to the spotlight. Thibodeaux wrecked havoc at Oaks Christian in LA, earning USA Today’s Defensive Player of the year honor in 2018. A two time high school All-American and the top recruit in the country, Thibodeaux was approached to lend his services to almost every college in the country. Ultimately, he chose Oregon and it’s paid off thus far as he was awarded PAC-12 defensive freshman of the year in 2019 and then followed it up with a Morris Trophy as the best defensive lineman in the country in 2020. 

4/10-The Performance:

2020 & 2021 Statistics:

Joseph:

2020: 8 games, 46 tackles, 1.0 TFL, 6 INTs and 2 pass deflections. 

2021: 6 games, 40 tackles, an INT, 2 pass deflections and a fumble recovery. 

London:

2020: 6 games, 33 receptions, 502 yards, 15.2 YPR and 3 TDs.

2021: 6 games, 64 receptions, 832 yards, 13.0 YPR and 5 TDs.

Thibodeaux:

2020: 7 games, 42 tackles, 9.5 TFLs, 3.0 sacks and 3 pass deflections.

2021: 3 games, 13 tackles, 3.0 TFLs, 2.0 sacks and a forced fumble. 

5/10-The Good:

Joseph: 

The first thing that stands out to me about Joseph is his playmaking ability. He constantly makes a play on the ball and that’s evidenced in his six interceptions his first year. He recognizes plays and swarms quickly. His range is very good and it’s benefited by his play recognition abilities which are also at a high level.

London:

It’s been something I’ve reiterated, but London is a true natural born athlete. His athleticism and speed is a rare blend that allows him to capitalize on any and all opportunities to make game changing plays. He constantly finds a way to take advantage of his touches. His pure skill set makes up one of the most exciting molds of a prospect I’ve evaluated in this class.

Thibodeaux:

At 6’5”, 258lbs, Thibodeaux is a big man, but moves so fluid that it’s a nightmare for blockers. His agility and frame are his biggest weapons, but his pass rushing moves are beyond what’s expected at this point in his career. Thibodeaux has a high football IQ that makes him aware and able to adapt at all times, even if he makes a mistake. He’s a refined weapon capable of immediate impact.

6/10-The Bad:

Joseph:

Joseph strikes me as a player better suited to be a single high safety, but he’s not demonstrated versatility to play all over like most safeties in today’s NFL. Joseph’s tackling could stand to improve as he tends to throw his body rather than take a tactical approach. Lastly, Joseph is undersized and his frame is a slight concern.

London:

London’s skill set is a massive asset to any offense, but his routes aren’t as refined as other prospects. He lacks crispness and efficiency in his movement. He’s an abysmal pass blocker and lacks effort at points. In more sophisticated coverages, London has had hiccups, but overall his athleticism can mask some of the flaws. 

Thibodeaux:

Thibodeaux’s two biggest flaws are his size and his over reliance on speed. Filling out his frame will give him a little more bulk to add another dimension to his game and give him more confidence in using power moves rather than speed. He’s not perfect, but even his size is nitpicking.

7/10-The Focus of Improvement:

Joseph: Versatility

London: Refinement

Thibodeaux: Size

8/10-The Potential:

Joseph:

Moving forward, Joseph has the skillset and IQ to slot in as a quality starter at the next level. His original projection prior to the season from me was a 1st rounder. This season has showed more of his flaws, but he still has the potential to be an impact player at the next level in the right scheme.

London:

London has the makeup of a legitimate number one option somewhere down the road. His talent makes him a high reward prospect. His floor is a comfortable third option who can be called upon to make a play. If he reaches his ceiling, he has star potential.

Thibodeaux:

Simply put, I’ll save you the time, Thibodeaux can reach star level and beyond. All and all, his floor is a disruptive force a la Jadeveon Clowney, but his ceiling is elite level pass rusher.

9/10-The Outside Opinion:

Joseph:

“On the defensive side, All-American safety Brandon Joseph and linebacker Chris Bergin provide experience and leadership for the young Wildcats group. Joseph has a strong presence in the secondary, but opponents tend to direct their offense around him.”-Brandon Brownoct, Sports Illustrated

London:

“London still hasn’t reached his full potential. But the runway is now clear and with a single sport in mind, the big kid with the Little Tikes hoop is ready for takeoff.”- Paolo Uggetti, ESPN

Thibodeaux:

“Thibodeaux is blessed with insane athletic ability. He’s fast, explosive, agile, with an exceptional change-of-direction ability. His explosive first step at the line of scrimmage causes nightmares for the man tasked with halting his progress to the quarterback. The Oregon defensive end effortlessly translates speed to power as a rusher and routinely forces linemen backward into their quarterback’s path.”- Oliver Hodgkinson, Pro Football Network

10/10-The Fit:

Joseph:

I like Brandon Joseph, but he is not worth either first round selection. If the Jets can nab him in the second that would be a great move as he could soften a potential Marcus Maybe loss. He is talented, but safety is not as valuable as other positions of need. 

London:

Adding London would not be a bad idea for the Jets. Talent in any capacity is good, but the Jets have allowed two high selections on receivers in back to back years. With so many other positions of need, the Jets should focus elsewhere with their early selection as tantalizing as London would be.

Thibodeaux: 

If the Jets can get Kayvon Thibodeaux, they do. Edge rusher is not their most paramount need, but the Jets would get a talent who can transform their pass rush with Carl Lawson and be a blue chip piece of their defense for the next decade. He’s a superstar with all-pro potential. As bad as the Jets are though, they likely won’t be picking first, meaning the odds of getting him are slim. 

TOJ’s DraftSZN Presents Dylan’s Dimes: Week 5 Edition

Yesterday featured one of the highest profile matchups we could see for the entire college football season. The clash between Big Ten titans #4 Penn State and #3 Iowa prompted me to devote two of this weeks three slots to their top players.

#6 Oklahoma faced their toughest task as well, so their leader will roundup this weeks edition of Dylan’s Dimes!

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:

Iowa is a powerhouse this season. It seems as though they’ve figured out the rhythm they need to achieve to manufacture a playoff caliber season. One of their biggest strengths this season is the offensive line anchored by superstar lineman,Tyler Linderbaum.

The Penn State offense could provide Iowa’s biggest test of the season. They have one of the most electrifying players in the country, a guy that ESPN’s Mel Kiper has as the top receiver in the entire draft class, wide receiver, Jahan Dotson.

Heading into the draft, he led the way as one of the highest profile quarterbacks expected to come out. Anticipated to carry the torch of Baker Mayfield, Kyler Murray and Jalen Hurts, this week’s final breakdown will be of Oklahoma quarterback Spencer Rattler.

2/10-The Measurables:

Linderbaum:

-Height: 6’3”

-Weight: 289lbs

-Year: Junior

-Birthdate: 4/7/2000

-From: Solon, Iowa

Dotson:

-Height: 5’11”

-Weight: 182lbs

-Year: Junior

-Birthdate: 3/22/2000

-From: Newark, NJ

Rattler:

-Height: 6’1”

-Weight: 205lbs

-Year: Sophomore

-Birthdate: 9/28/2000

-From: Phoenix, AZ

3/10-The Background:

Linderbaum:

At Solon High School, Linderbaum played in the trenches on both sides of the ball. He was honored as a 2018 U.S. Army All American and committed to Iowa to play defensive line at the next level. Linderbaum is a former four-sport athlete in high school, a leader at all levels and so versatile he was willing to make a position switch. Linderbaum moved to center in order to benefit the team and he took it in stride becoming one of the best offensive lineman in the country.

Dotson:

Jahan Dotson went to Nazareth Area High School for three of four years and attended Peddie High in New Jersey for junior year. Despite only playing three years, Dotson is immersed in Nazareth history setting the school records for receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns. Dotson also won state championships in the 4×100 meter relay and long jump as well. He committed to UCLA before recommitting and staying in PA at Penn State.

Rattler:

Rattler certainly had an atypical high school experience. He set the Arizona high school passing record, won MVP in Elite 11 and stood out as one of the most polarizing high school players in the country. So polarizing, he was offered the shot to star in a Netflix show. After being suspended and finding himself immersed in controversy, he missed the remainder of his senior year. Ultimately, he committed to Oklahoma as the top quarterback in the country.

4/10-The Performance:

2020 & 2021 (so far) Statistics:

Linderbaum:

2020: 8 games, 91.5 PFF grade, three pressures allowed on 280 pass-blocking snaps.

2021: 5 games, 89.5 PFF grade

Dotson:

2020: 9 games, 52 receptions, 884 yards, 17.0 YPR & 8 TDs.

2021: 5 games, 35 receptions, 446 yards, 12.7 YPR & 6 TDs.

Rattler:

2020: 11 games, 214/317, 67.5% completion percentage, 3,031 yards, 28 TDs, 7 INTs, 9.6 Y/A, 160 rushing yards & 6 TDs.

2021: 5 games, 122/16- 76.3% completion percentage, 1,260 yards, 10 TDs, 4 INTs, 7.9 Y/A, 95 rushing yards & 2TDs.

5/10-The Good:

Linderbaum:

It’s a rarity to see a 290 pound man move as nimbly as the running back he’s blocking for, but Linderbaum does just that. His athleticism is elite, and I could probably devote an entire article to raving about it. Linderbaum also encompasses the football IQ to play anywhere on the line although he’s been a great center for the Hawkeyes. Linderbaum’s greatest asset may be off the gridiron though. Linderbaum is a leader on the team serving as a leadership group member as a sophomore, but he’s also a leader in the community racing tens of thousands for the Iowa children’s hospital. On and off the field, Linderbaum is a well rounded prospect.

Dotson:

Dotson has quietly been establishing himself as one of the top perimeter threats in the country over the past two years. This season, paired with the Nittany Lions success, and his own play, he has risen from household name to legitimate star totaling up six touchdowns in five games. Dotson is constantly making big plays, his footwork and route running are exceptional and his ability to catch the ball at any spot is second to none in the class. His ability to pick up yards after the catch has been evidenced in the Lions new quick paced offense this season. Dotson is versatile, lining up all over and returning punts as well.

Rattler:

Spencer Rattler may have the best arm of the quarterbacks I have taken a look at in this class. Rattler has the strength to make just about any throw downfield. His movement within the pocket is outstanding and he has the athleticism to make just about any throw. His footwork allows for him to adapt quickly to pressure at an elite level.

6/10-The Bad:

Linderbaum:

For Linderbaum the two glaring flaws are size and inexperience. Neither of which have held him back to this point. Linderbaum at 290 is not the biggest center, so he could stand to add more weight to his frame before taking the jump to the next level. Linderbaum also made the switch from defensive line to offensive line and although he’s a dominant blocker, his game still can benefit from getting more and more experience and learning more nuances to the position over time.

Dotson:

Dotson’s biggest issues stem from being an untraditional perimeter threat. His size is not at the same level as some of the other outside threats in the class and it shows in his competition with larger defensive backs. Dotson thrives on the outside though and although his size may make him suitable for a natural kick inside to the slot, if Dotson continues to play well outside, he can command enough respect to justify a top selection.

Rattler:

Rattler’s issues are all related to trying to do too much or having too much confidence in his arm. Rattler makes poor decisions at times and tries to force the ball to certain receivers rather than taking it all in and making smarter decisions. Rattler has had fumbles in the past that have cost his team when he’s tried to do too much. His aggressive play style can be an asset, but also a detriment.

7/10-The Focus of Improvement:

Linderbaum: Size

Dotson: Continue to Show Out

Rattler: Don’t Cost Your Team/Play More Conservative

8/10-The Potential:

Linderbaum:

The sky is the limit with Linderbaum. Regardless of if he builds on his frame I think fellow Iowa product and now Super Bowl Champion Tristan Wirfs has shown athleticism and smaller stature can work at the next level. Linderbaum can have that Wirfs like effect on an offense. His athleticism will make him a weapon in run blocking, but his pass blocking will elevate him into the conversation of top centers in the NFL relatively quickly.

Dotson:

Dotson is hard to breakdown. I could see Dotson landing in the right spot, being used in multiple different packages that suit his skill set and becoming a suitable weapon. I could also see offenses neglecting to tailor to his skill set and him becoming a complimentary piece. For Dotson, the skills are there to be a talented reciever, but fit will be paramount to his success at the next level.

Rattler:

Rattler is hard to project. I think as a prospect he provides a lot of raw potential to be molded into a polarizing franchise quarterback. For me, I grade him similarly to Justin Fields. If he can stop making costly mistakes and start going through his progressions more efficiently he could become a franchise quarterback. I also think him landing somewhere as a backup similar to Patrick Mahomes would be ideal, a spot like Atlanta comes to mind as a good potential spot to develop. If Rattler fails to show progress towards the back half of the season and lands in the wrong spot, it’s a lot harder for me to see Rattler having success, fit and development are paramount to his success.

9/10-The Outside Opinion:

Linderbaum:

“Look for him to win 1st Team All-Big Ten Honors this year as a Hawkeye and become a first-round pick in the 2022 NFL draft. He is a player any NFL organization would be thrilled to have due to his athleticism, strength, and mental toughness.”- CJ Errickson, Yardbarker

Dotson:

“That’s the thing about them. They’ve got a lot of guys that are just really good players … That’s what you have to realize. You’re playing a team that can close the gap really fast because they’ve got some guys. He’s one of those guys. He’s THE guy, a really good guy.”-Iowa Head Coach Kirk Ferentz

Rattler:

“Rattler has a very quick release and he plays with energy and urgency. He flashes the ability to stick the ball into tight windows down the seam. The OU signal-caller is at his best throwing on the move. He is accurate rolling to both his right and left, and he has a good feel for applying the proper pace and trajectory on the ball. He threw some beautiful deep balls in the three games I watched”- Daniel Jeremiah, NFL Network

10/10-The Fit:

Linderbaum:

I’ll be open about it, I have found my favorite prospect in the class. I don’t know if I could gush about Linderbaum anymore than I have. If the Jets can get him by any means, they should. Linderbaum could anchor the center position for the next decade and pair with AVT and Mekhi Becton to build one of the best offensive lines in football. If the Jets want to do everything in their power to build a playoff contender, adding Linderbaum could give them an elite line capable of taking the offense to the next step.

Dotson:

Dotson is a unique potential fit. If he slips I could see the Jets taking a chance on the electrifying prospect, but after using a second rounder on receivers in back to back drafts I could see Douglas rocking with his group and passing up on Dotson. Although I personally love Dotson, I think his fit could be tough given the current personnel and scheme.

Rattler:

Similar to Matt Corral last week, the Jets are seeing Zach Wilson grow week to week and demonstrate progression, especially last week when he racked up rookie of the week honors. Although Rattler has the skill set to be a good quarterback, he won’t be doing so in the green and white.

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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The Draft SZN Finale

The guys discuss 2022 prospects on the last episode of Draft SZN.

On the last episode of Draft SZN, DA Osorio, Joe Belic, James Kuntz, and Michael Meegan discuss which rookies are most likely to win OROY and DROY and which players in the 2022 NFL Draft Jets fans should know about. We have some interesting discussions about…


-the likelihood of a non-Trevor Lawrence OROY
-some interesting DROY prop bets
-a 3rd round pick who James is positive will outplay his draft slot
-Meegs and DA’s love for two PAC 12 EDGE rusher prospects
-an SEC team that has a surprising amount of top prospects in next year’s draft
-and a 1st round WR prospect who is tailor-made for Zach Wilson’s playing style (guarantee you it’s not who you think)!

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