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. 

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OG Trai Turner: 5 Pro Bowls before the age of 27, had a down-year last year due to injury but could be a good value add up front.

EDGE Jadeveon Clowney: scored pressures on 10.9% of his pass rush, would be a good swing at OLB as he is still a very good run stopper and could generate pressure when the Jets go to a 5-2-4 look.


WR Ty Hilton: still a capable veteran with crafty route running and solid hands who could allow for the Jets to move on from an expensive Jamison Crowder


DT Sheldon Rankins: With Williams most likely playing the 3-technique DT role and the newly-acquired Lawson playing the Wide 9 DE role, the 4-3 NT role is up for grabs given my belief that John Franklyn Myers and Foley Fatukasi will compete for the other DE position in the base defense. Rankins would be a nice addition to fill that role.


CB Mackenzie Alexander: The 27 year old has played in the slot and outside, and would give Saleh a starting-caliber corner on a roster that currently has none.


CB Adoree Jackson: An athletically gifted corner who can thrive in predomininatly zone scheme, Jackson is a much needed addition in this CB room.

For the purpose of this, lets say the Jets sign the six above before entering the NFL Draft. The depth chart would look as follows:

QB: Sam Darnold, James Morgan
RB: Lamical Perine, Ty Johnson, Josh Adams
WR: Corey Davis, Denzel Mims, TY Hilton, Jamison Crowder, Keelan Cole, Braxton Berrios, Vyncent Smith
TE: Chris Herndon, Ryan Griffin, Trevon Wesco
OT: Mehki Becton, George Fant
OG: Greg Van Roten, Alex Lewis
C: Connor McGovern
DE: Carl Lawson, John Franklyn Myers, Foley Fatukasi
DT: Quinnen Williams, Sheldon Rankins, Nathan Shepherd
ILB: CJ Mosley, Jarrad Davis, Blake Cashman
OLB: Jadeveon Clowney, Bryce Huff
CB: Adoree Jackson, Mackenzie Alexander, Bryce Hall, Javelin Guidry
S: Marcus Maye, Lamarcus Joyner, Ashtyn Davis

Very clearly, the defense is FURTHER ahead than the offense on talent and difference makers. Lets see if I can fix that in the draft. I start the draft with two overdue trades:

Trade WR Jamison Crowder to the Green Bay Packers for a 2021 3rd Rounder
Trade QB Sam Darnold to the Las Vegas Raiders for a 2021 3rd Rounder and a 2022 4th Rounder

Picks Entering the NFL Draft:
R1: 2nd, 23rd
R2: 2nd
R3: 2nd, 16th, 22nd, 28th
R4: 2nd
R5: 2nd, 10th
R6: 2nd
R7: 23rd

Draft:

2nd Pick: Ohio State QB Justin Fields
QB2 on my board, Fields would be the most talented QB the Jets have drafted and would also be the best QB the Jets have drafted him WHEN they drafted him. High upside, good character, and the potential to be a bigger and better Dak Prescott.

23rd Pick: Ohio State OG Wyatt Davis
In the simulator, Florida TE Kyle Pitts was available but because of Joe Douglas’s refusal/inability to improve the IOL on the roster in free agency, I opt for the monster from Ohio State up front. Davis slots in right next to Mehki Becton to give the Jets two young building blocks on the OL.

Trade: The New York Jets trade the 34th pick overall to the Carolina Panthers for the 7th pick in round two and the 9th pick in round 3

39th Pick: Oklahoma C Creed Humphrey
Humphrey is a top 30 player in this class, for me, so getting him at 39 is a steal. He slots right into the starting Center position and Connor McGovern slides over next to George Fant.

66th Pick: Georgia CB Eric Stokes
I’m not as high on Stokes as others, but he is too much value here at 66 to pass up. He is a little grabby in coverage, but getting him here lets him compete for playing time from the beginning of training camp.

73rd Pick: North Carolina RB Javonte Williams
There’s not a RB that could start in the XFL on this roster, so you nab RB3 in Round Three and watch him run behind Becton and Davis for 100+ consistently. Williams does not mess around behind the LOS, and would bring a home run threat to the Jets backfield.

80th Pick: Miami EDGE Quincy Roche
This defense needs more juice off the edge, and the former Hurricane provides that in spades. Roche has good technique, athleticism, and strength. He’s lean, but with this front 4 he and Clowney could bring serious pressure.

86th Pick: North Texas WR Jaelon Darden
Yes, we added Keelan Cole and TY Hilton and Corey Davis to go with Denzel Mims, but the Jets should also add some depth and Darden would absolutely represent the kind of high-upside swing at the position that Douglas should’ve taken in the 4th round last year. Darden can make cornerbacks miss, is deadly in space, and could be developed before taking over in the slot full-time.

92nd Pick: Alabama OG Deonte Brown
A 6’3” 364 pound monster who can sit for a year and then replace McGovern the following year. Now a position of weakness becomes a position of strength as your interior offensive line is Brown, Davis, and Humphrey for the next 10 years.

Trade:
The New York Jets trade the 2nd pick in the 4th round to the Denver Broncos for the 9th pick in the 4th round and a 2022 5th rounder.

Trade:
The New York Jets trade the 9th pick in the 4th round to the Detroit Lions for a 2022 4th Rounder

146th Pick: Georgia LB Monty Rice
A bit undersized for a LB, but with the Jets missing out on Keanu Neal the former Bulldog could fill the role the Jets envisioned for Neal. He has speed, reads the play well, and can go sideline to sideline. He can, also, provide insurance for the returning Mosley while learning under him.

154th Pick: Iowa OT Alaric Jackson
The next Hawkeye in the long line of good Iowa tackles, Jackson is good value for me here because I think he can develop into a starting RT in the league. With Fant coming back for at least one year, Jackson can sit for a year like Deonte Brown before taking over for a released veteran in 2022.

185th Pick: Miami K Jose Borregales
Need a Kicker. Get a Kicker.

249th Pick: Michigan TE Nick Eubanks
Better than Griffin and better than Wesco, Eubanks projects as a move TE/H-Back, and I am very excited about the possibility of the Jets using him as Other LaFleur used Delanie Walker. You need somebody to push the disappointing Herndon, and this accomplishes that.

Depth Chart Post-Draft:

QB: Justin Fields, James Morgan
RB: Javonte Williams, Ty Johnson, Josh Adams, Lamical Perine
WR: Corey Davis, Denzel Mims, TY Hilton, Keelan Cole, Jaelon Darden, Braxton Berrios, Vyncet Smith
TE: Chris Herndon, Nick Eubanks, Ryan Griffin, Trevon Wesco
OT: Mehki Becton, George Fant, Alaric Jackson
OG: Connor McGovern, Wyatt Davis, Deonte Brown, Dan Feeney
C: Creed Humphrey
DE: Carl Lawson, John Franklyn Myers, Foley Fatukasi
DT: Quinnen Williams, Sheldon Rankins, Nathan Shepherd
ILB: CJ Mosley, Monty Rice, Jarrad Davis, Blake Cashman
OLB: Jadeveon Clowney, Quincy Roche, Bryce Huff
CB: Adoree Jackson, Mackenzie Alexander, Eric Stokes, Bryce Hall, Javelin Guidry
S: Marcus Maye, Lamarcus Joyner, Ashtyn Davis

This is what I’d do if I were the Jets if I want a shot at improving the roster to the point where they are playing meaningful games come December. Adding three more picks in 2024, also, gives you the chance to add even more talent to a team that now has key young contributors that can help your team take that next step in 2022.

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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.

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