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3 small-school prospects the NY Jets could target in the 2022 NFL Draft

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2. Matt Waletzko, OT, North Dakota

Matt Waletzko played for Rocori High School in Cold Spring, Minnesota. In spite of displaying tremendous athleticism for his size, Waletzko was a relatively unknown, two-star offensive line prospect. He chose to attend North Dakota over Northern Iowa and North Dakota State.

At 6 foot-7 and 310 pounds, the massive offensive tackle was a three-year starter for North Dakota with all 28 of his starts coming at left tackle. As a junior, Waletzko started seven games and allowed just two sacks while taking 447 snaps from scrimmage.

Waletzko was rewarded for his efforts by being named All-MVFC second-team and All-MVFC Academic first-team. In 2021, Waletzko had by far his best season and as a senior logged 620 plays and allowed a grand total of zero sacks.

He also gave up only eight quarterback pressures while anchoring a solid offensive line. His outstanding performance earned him second-team All-American honors.

Waletzko is equally adept at the pass and run blocking. He has the ideal length for an offensive tackle and his long arms are effective at keeping defenders off balance. He could benefit from adding an additional 20 pounds to his already solid frame.

The biggest question facing Waletzko is how he will perform once he faces top-flight competition. Working in his favor is his impressive showing at both the Senior Bowl and the NFL Combine.

The Jets coaching staff has had an opportunity to evaluate Waletzko up close and personal and may be enticed with his untapped potential and excellent developmental upside. Matt Waletzko could be a nice depth piece for the Jets as a fourth or fifth-round draft option.

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