Louis is one of two free agents that the Jets should look into. He has been in the league only 4 years, and at age 25, is just venturing into his prime now. Getting younger is never a bad idea as well. Although he graded out overall lower than Brandon Moore, with only a 12.8 rating, he was actually better than Brandon Moore in pass blocking. Vasquez actually graded out in the top 10 in pass blocking with a rating of 8.6, while Brandon Moore was in the top 20, but significantly lower at 5.6. We saw Greg McElroy and Mark Sanchez spending a lot of time running for their lives, so improvement in pass blocking would be nice.
Louis also out-blocked Moore in the screen game, with a rating of 3.0 to Moore’s 1.0. Wouldn’t it be nice to see the Jets run an effective screen pass? The only difference was in run blocking, where Moore put up a 12.8 vs. Vasquez at -2.0. However, he is young, and can get better. His contract was only worth $821,125 per year as well, so he could be signed at an affordable rate. The Jets should look into this guy.
Here’s another guy that would look good in green, Andy Levitre. He had one heck of a year for the Buffalo Bills, grading out overall just behind Brandon Moore with a 17.3 rating, and performing in almost the same number of snaps (1039 for Levitre, 1086 for Moore). As a pass blocker, he blew Moore away, leading the league with a rating of 16.1. He was also a better screen blocker with a ranking of 2.0.
Again, the difference was in the run blocking, Moore with a 12.8, Levitre with a -0.7. However, Levitre is young. He has also only been in the league for 4 years, and is 26 years old. He is just entering the prime of his career, and can certainly improve as a run blocker. Financially speaking, his previous contract was worth $910,000 per year. He is worth a look.
Just a couple of alternatives to the guard situation.