The 4th Fansided Mock Draft is out and this week and for the first time in the draft the guys over at Fansided has the Jets selecting an offensive position as they have them going after an OT in the first round…..
Taylor Lewan, OT/Michigan is the pick….
Potentially upgrading the O-line would be worth the exploration considering Brandon Moore might be a cap casualty and the Jets might be looking to upgrade the Right Tackle position or at least provide some adequate and talented competition for Austin Howard who for the most part has played pretty solid football consistently but may not be the answer. That uncertainty is reason enough to look into upgrading it and that I have no problems with but I don’t think that small uncertainty warrants reaching for a top OT prospect in the top of the 1st round, I just don’t!
First, the pick;
Lewan appears to have prototypical height and a wide berth, Lewan is a well-rounded player who excels as both a pass protector and run blocker.
He has great kick steps, holds the edge very well, and uses his hands to extend defenders away from his body. When you first see him you immediately notice his long arms and notice his ability to move laterally with ease.
According to his highlights he seems to struggle a bit with run blocking.
As a run blocker, he does not have ideal strength. Could most certainly afford to add bulk to his lower half and is not a drive blocker. A potentially good fit for a zone blocking scheme, something the Jets utilize quite a bit. Despite large frame, a bit too narrow through his hips and needs to learn to play with more active feet when trying to move defenders off the line. He hits the second line quickly and uses his momentum to clear a path for the ball carrier.
According to reports, there are no concerns about his motor or nasty streak. Brings 100-percent effort on every play and has a great competitive streak. Once engaged, he really gets after his assignment to the whistle. Good to hear as this Jets locker room can certainly afford to use someone with a great work ethic and high character such as his.
The pick itself in regards for the Jets;
As I previously stated, the Jets CAN afford to upgrade their offensive line but rushing to do so and making it a priority after an abysmal week 15 performance that included a lot of factors and variables seems a bit rash considering the Jets O-line has been consistently solid over the past 3 seasons whereas the Jets pass rush has been consistently horrible during that same time frame and it’s not even close.
Lets get this clear; Jets are way past the threshold on desperately needing a playmaking pass rusher. They can no longer afford to ignore the immensely counterproductive play from the OLB/Pass Rusher position as it has become a serious detriment to the defense and the overall team’s success. Simply put; the Jets need a dynamic pass rusher with great upside, a talented pass rusher that when added to this defense/D-line and when paired with Quinton Coples and Muhammad Wilkerson, it causes massive disruption for opposing QB/offenses and provides Rex and this Jets team with the elite defensive line that Rex has been speaking about since becoming the Head coach 3 years ago….nothing short of that and nothing less. Period.
So who would I draft here?