2. Tristen Hoge, OL, NY Jets
With the second overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the NY Jets selected BYU quarterback Zach Wilson. Coming off of a career year in 2020, Wilson impressed with his arm strength and improvisation ability outside of the pocket.
One of the biggest keys behind Wilson’s playmaking this past season was the protection in front of him. He had left tackle Brady Christensen, who went on to be drafted by the Carolina Panthers. Wilson also had offensive guard Tristen Hoge holding down the fort up front.
Tristen Hoge is a 6-foot-5, 310-pound offensive lineman, who originally attended Notre Dame. Hoge started for three years at BYU, utilizing his large frame and mauler mentality to protect Wilson.
Obviously, his history with Wilson is a massive plus for Hoge, but he was not just signed by the team because of it. The Jets picked up Hoge because he has a legitimate chance to make an impact early as a versatile lineman.
One of the top priorities for Joe Douglas this offseason was to improve the protection up front. After all, it has been horrid for years now.
Already, New York is set to have multiple competitions up front, as both young players and veterans will get opportunities to show they belong.
It is also worth noting that LaFleur’s offense is built for versatile offensive lineman like Hoge. He has the size and length to play either guard or tackle if necessary.
Even if he does not make the 53-man roster, Hoge should be in a great position to make the team’s practice squad.