New York Jets ‘shouldn’t reach for an OL’ prospect in the 2020 NFL Draft
By Paul A. Esden Jr.
One expert says the New York Jets “shouldn’t reach for an OL” prospect in the 2020 NFL Draft. Here are all the details and where the team should go instead.
A lot of New York Jets fans are hoping the team will draft multiple offensive linemen in the upcoming 2020 NFL Draft.
For those interested here’s a full evaluation of the top offensive linemen available in the first three rounds of the draft.
Although one expert suggests the team shouldn’t try to force a square peg in a round hole on draft day.
On Monday’s episode of ‘Drive Time Sports’ on The Score 1260, Connor Rogers of the Stick to Football Podcast explained his take:
“I emphasize the point here that this team shouldn’t enter the 2020 NFL Draft without significantly upgrading their offensive line. Now a lot of people are getting upset when a mock draft doesn’t spit out an offensive lineman for the New York Jets, but I would say this: if Joe Douglas is doing his job this team shouldn’t be pigeon-holed on draft day into taking an offensive line prospect.
They should sign O-Linemen and they should trade for O-Linemen. Although if they enter the draft and a very good tackle or guard is on the board you have to keep your options open. Now you can make an argument that the Jets need an offensive linemen and that’s good and great, but they also need a No. 1 wide receiver.
The New York Jets have a 22-year old quarterback in Sam Darnold who has really stepped it up over the last several weeks. He’s shown you that he’s your franchise quarterback of the future. Robby Anderson and Jamison Crowder are solid, but they need a No. 1 target like CeeDee Lamb out of Oklahoma.”
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On the Mock Draft Monday episode of the Stick to Football Podcast, Rogers selected Oklahoma wide receiver CeeDee Lamb for the Jets with the seventh overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.
The thing that stood out about Connor’s argument as to why the team should go Lamb is because of his ability to take over a game with his ability after the catch.
When’s the last time the Jets have had an offensive player that is capable of taking over a game?
There are so many creative ways the Jets could get Lamb the ball via the screen game, jet sweeps, possibly in the return game. Sure the Jets need help in the trenches, but you could also argue getting Darnold help in the passing game could also take his game to another level.
Rogers loves CeeDee Lamb so much that he said if Jerry Jeudy of Alabama and the Oklahoma product was on the board, Connor would take the Sooner. Ultimately going O-Line or wide receiver would improve the supporting cast for Darnold, but in the draft, it’s about value and timing.