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Round 2, 34th Overall, NY Jets: Creed Humphrey, C/OG, Oklahoma

The Jets only have one selection in Round 2, but we made it count by drafting Oklahoma’s Creed Humphrey. Humphrey has been one of the most consistently mocked players to the Jets at this spot, and it makes a lot of sense.

If the Jets don’t trade up for a lineman in Round 1 and miss out on their top options, they could wait until 34 and likely still land a day-one starter in Humphrey.

A three-time All-American, Humphrey helped anchor one of college football’s best offensive lines over the past three years. He was voted Big 12 Offensive Lineman of the Year in each of the last two seasons and is viewed as one of the best interior line prospects in this year’s class.

That said, his lack of standout physical traits and the fact that he plays an unglamorous position will likely cause him to fall out of the first round.

The Jets, however, remain very intrigued by the Oklahoma center. At least as far as pre-draft reports go.

The Jets are desperately in need of a boost to their interior offensive line after a poor season a year ago. They missed out on Joe Thuney in free agency and carry the same starting five into the draft.

Don’t expect that to be the case after this weekend, however.

Humphrey could either step in as a day-one starter at center or, if the Jets feel comfortable with Connor McGovern at center (which they seemingly do), he could shift over to guard and replace either Alex Lewis or Greg Van Roten in the starting lineup.

Either way, Humphrey and Mekhi Becton would give the Jets a pair of young, stalwart offensive linemen to build around.