As another lost New York Jets season unfolds, it’s time to evaluate this 53-man roster from top to bottom. Let’s continue this daily ranking with Chuma Edoga who comes in at #49.
Tackle, New York Jets
The New York Jets selected quarterback Sam Darnold‘s USC offensive tackle Chuma Edoga as the 92nd pick in the third round of this year’s draft. The four-year starting two-time All-Pac 12 lineman who excelled at the Senior Bowl was considered a raw, long-term project.
The team’s plan was to sit him for the 2019 season, but he got forced into action in Week 5 due to the offensive state of this offensive line.
Edoga has started Gang Green games at both left and right tackle. He got brutalized replacing injured left tackle Kelvin Beachum (who he was coincidentally compared to in pre-draft scouting reports).
But then he displayed explosive upside over three-year starting right tackle Brandon Shell — yet another damning indictment of Mike Maccagnan’s talent procurement — until knee and ankle injuries pulled him off the field.
Expect major offseason roster turnover. Jets insider Rich Cimini predicts Edoga as one of the 20 or so players to return to Florham Park for 2020.
But the nasty road-grader who came out of school with red flags regarding alleged immaturity and lack of weight room dedication must upgrade his meager PFF rating of 48.9 before the Jets anoint him a “long-term building block.”
The 6-foot-3, 310-pounder excelled at right against the New York Giants and Oakland Raiders. But on most occasions, the kid’s been absolutely toyed with by pro-level edge rushers in the passing game.
So the big question remains — whether the 22-year-old can develop into reliable starting talent or will become yet another serviceable reserve — be it at tackle, or even kicked inside to guard.
Given the previous regime’s track record, expect the latter outcome for Edoga. Then again, new general manager Joe Douglas was a former college lineman who recognizes interior talent when he sees it.