4. NY Jets draft target: Jaylon Moore, OT, Western Michigan
Starting off with a bit of an unheralded prospect, Western Michigan’s Jaylon Moore is hardly one of the most high-profile offensive linemen in this class. But he happens to be my favorite Day 3 sleeper.
And he’d be a perfect fit for what the Jets are looking for in an offensive tackle.
At 6-foot-4, 311 pounds, Moore brings good size to the table and he combines that with excellent athleticism — something that should become a common theme on this list.
Moore was actually a two-star tight end recruit coming out of high school, but switched to the defensive line as a freshman. It wasn’t until the 2018 season that he started his first career game at offensive tackle, and he wouldn’t look back.
The Detroit native started 32 consecutive games at left tackle for the Broncos taking over for former third-round pick Chukwuma Okorafor. He earned second-team All-MAC honors in 2019 and 2020 despite little experience at the position.
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Moore is an athletically gifted lineman with excellent lateral mobility and a flexible lower body. That allows him to remain square with defenders in pass protection which is likely the biggest strength of his game.
Moore is never going to be a scheme-versatile prospect which will likely cause him to fall to Day 3 in the draft. He’s not a people-mover opting to block with finesse and technique more than raw power.
But in a zone-blocking scheme that emphasizes linemen who could move and block in space, Moore could thrive.
He’s a developmental project, but someone who makes sense as a Day 3 target for the Jets and someone who could eventually take over for George Fant at right tackle.
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