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New York Jets: Todd McShay confirms crazy OT class in 2020 NFL Draft

By Paul A. Esden Jr.
HOUSTON, TX - NOVEMBER 10: D'Eriq King #4 of the Houston Cougars is congratulated by Will Noble #69 and Jarrid Williams #62 after a touchdown in the third quarter against the Temple Owls at TDECU Stadium on November 10, 2018 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - NOVEMBER 10: D'Eriq King #4 of the Houston Cougars is congratulated by Will Noble #69 and Jarrid Williams #62 after a touchdown in the third quarter against the Temple Owls at TDECU Stadium on November 10, 2018 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images) /
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The New York Jets have some tough decisions to make in the 2020 NFL Draft. ESPN’s Todd McShay confirmed that with his latest mock draft.

One of the top priorities for the New York Jets is providing a facelift to the offensive line. The best place for the team to find some solutions is the 2020 NFL Draft.

Early in the process, there seemed to be an upper echelon of offensive tackles that separated themselves from the rest of the pack:

“The Big Three”

  • Andrew Thomas, offensive tackle, Georgia
  • Jedrick Wills Jr, offensive tackle, Alabama
  • Tristan Wirfs, offensive tackle, Iowa

Although the conversation has already changed in just a few short weeks.

On Tuesday Todd McShay of ESPN released his latest mock draft (version two) and it featured six offensive tackles in the first round.

Offensive tackle. Jedrick Wills Jr. 6. 13.

  • 6-foot-5, 320 pounds
  • Alabama, offensive tackle

Offensive tackle. Tristan Wirfs. 8. 32.

  • 6-foot-5, 322 pounds
  • Iowa, offensive tackle

53. . Offensive tackle. Josh Jones. 10

  • 6-foot-5, 311 pounds
  • Houston, offensive tackle

30. . Offensive tackle. Mekhi Becton. 11

  • 6-foot-7, 369 pounds
  • Louisville, offensive tackle

. Offensive tackle. Andrew Thomas. 18. 59

  • 6-foot-5, 320 pounds
  • Georgia, offensive tackle

Offensive tackle. Austin Jackson. 20. 52.

  • 6-foot-6, 310 pounds
  • USC, offensive tackle

Several new names at offensive tackle have entered the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft conversation.

In addition to the top three offensive tackles, three others have entered the fray.

Josh Jones is an offensive tackle out of Houston and he went from a “day two” pick to the 10th overall pick in Todd McShay’s latest mock draft. It’s a massive rise for a prospect who rode the Senior Bowl buzz and is now considered a legitimate first-round pick.

Although Jones wasn’t the only riser, Mekhi Becton has been riding a massive hype train. In this mock draft, Todd McShay handed the big man to the Jets with the 11th overall pick. The hype started with Daniel Jeremiah mocking Becton fourth overall and now this freight train can’t be stopped.

Finally, one more offensive tackle (and the sixth overall) entered the first round and cracked the top-20. Austin Jackson out of USC is another prospect who has been considered a second-round pick, but for the first time has entered the first-round conversation. McShay even said that the selection was a “reach” (Jackson is the No. 46 player on Todd McShay’s board), but that his physical traits were worth the risk.

This Todd McShay mock draft should be a giant screaming red siren to the New York Jets.

Next. New York Jets: Matt Miller 7-round 2020 mock draft (pre NFL Combine)

Fix your offensive line in free agency/trade or grab the best offensive tackle with the 11th overall pick because there’s no guarantee that when the 2020 NFL Draft swings back around in the second round that an offensive tackle will be left sitting there to snag.

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