1. NY Jets target: Tyler Linderbaum, C, Iowa
There are, in my opinion, two elite prospects in this class. These are the prospects who are essentially guaranteed to be studs in the NFL — prospects with few flaws and an All-Pro ceiling.
Kyle Hamilton is one of them. Tyler Linderbaum is the other.
At 6-foot-3, 290 pounds, Linderbaum is an uber-athletic center prospect who blends an NFL-ready skill set with the physical traits to be one of the best centers in football before long.
It would not surprise me in the slightest to see Linderbaum have a Creed Humphrey-like impact early in his career. I'm talking Pro Bowl in year one and All-Pro by year two.
Linderbaum has earned Jason Kelce comparisons given his athleticism, build, and fundamentally advanced set of skills. He's cerebral at the point of attack, and while he may not overwhelm defenders with power, he's as technically sound as they come.
Perhaps the one knock against Linderbaum is that he's probably a center-exclusive prospect at the next level. He doesn't have the ideal length or build to shift over to guard, but that shouldn't be an issue.
Linderbaum doesn't play a flashy position which will likely cause him to fall in the draft. But any team that scoops him up will likely be getting a steal. That team could be the Jets.