Welcome back to the State of the Roster series here on The Jet Press. In the last article, I analyzed the current tight end situation and shared my thoughts on what the future holds for the NY Jets' tight ends.
This time, I will be breaking down the current offensive line room on the roster and offering my predictions for what the 2021 season will hold for them.
Who are the NY Jets offensive linemen?
For the first time in a long time, the Jets have an offensive line full of talent and potential.
First and foremost is franchise left tackle Mekhi Becton, the team's first-round pick from the 2020 Draft. The 6-foot-7, 374-pound giant played only two years at Louisville before general manager Joe Douglas grabbed him with the 11th pick in the draft.
Next to Becton is Alijah Vera-Tucker, who the Jets selected this past April in the first round. Douglas was so eager to grab the USC Trojan that he traded up from pick 23 to 14, giving up two third-round picks in the process.
Vera-Tucker is experienced at both guard and tackle, but is slotted to play offensive guard for Gang Green, making him the highest-drafted interior lineman this past draft.
At center is Connor McGovern, a five-year veteran who was originally drafted by the Broncos in the fifth round of the 2016 NFL Draft.
McGovern started his career as a guard, where he struggled. He switched to center for his final year in Denver and has performed far better playing between the guards. The former Missouri Tiger signed a three-year, $27 million contract during the 2020 offseason.
Next up is lifelong-Jet fan Greg Van Roten, who went undrafted in 2012 after studying at the Wharton School of Business at Penn. The 31-year old then bounced from roster to roster, finally landing with the Jets as his fifth team.
Van Roten is also under contract for two more years, but could be cut at any point during that span for profit.
Anchoring the right side is veteran Morgan Moses, who signed with the Jets a month ago. The eight-year veteran stands at a whopping 6-foot-6, 330-pounds, yet even he admits to feeling small next to Becton.
Moses spent all eight seasons with Washington, where he provided stable play and started each and every game for seven of those years.
Along with Moses is tackle George Fant, signed in the 2020 offseason to a 3-year, $27.3 million contract. Fant played in Seattle for four seasons after going undrafted out of Western Kentucky. The 29-year old has played both tackle jobs and provides solid depth to the line.
Also backing up Becton and Moses are 24-year old Chuma Edoga and second-year player Cam Clark, a former fourth-round pick who can play at guard or tackle. Also in the bunch is the tallest player o the roster Conor McDermott, who stands at 6-foot-8 but will have to impress to remain on the team.
The top backup interior lineman is 27-year old Dan Feeney, signed this past offseason to a one-year deal. Jimmy Murray currently holds the backup center spot, but has little NFL-game experience. Undrafted rookie Tristan Hoge also has a chance to stick around.
Last up is UDFA interior lineman David Moore, whom the Jets claimed on Monday after he was cut by Carolina. Moore was actually slotted in several mock drafts to go early on Day 3, but sitting out 2020 may have hurt his draft stock. He was one of the more coveted UDFAs in this class.