Fixing the offensive line is going to be a top priority for the NY Jets this offseason. The team dealt with a host of injuries to the unit in 2022, and the futures of many of the holdovers on the roster remain unclear.
It's widely expected that the Jets will address the offensive line in the 2023 NFL Draft, and one prospect who has seemingly caught their eye is Ohio State offensive tackle Dawand Jones.
Jones was somewhat overshadowed by the more highly-touted Paris Johnson, another potential Jets target, in college, but the 21-year-old is making quite the impact at this year's Senior Bowl.
At 6-foot-8, 375 pounds, Jones measured in at Mobile with the largest wingspan in Senior Bowl history. His 89-inch wingspan is typical of someone who stands at 7-foot-5 — that's the kind of size we're talking about.
Jones told Antwan Stanley of the New York Daily News that the Jets are one of the teams he has met with so far at the Senior Bowl. He could be a target for the team early in this year's draft.
Dawand Jones would be a massive addition for the NY Jets in more than one way
Jones was a two-year starter at Ohio State, a multi-time All-Big Ten selection, and a first-team All-American as a senior this past season. There always seems to be one massive offensive lineman who makes a name for himself at the Senior Bowl.
Last year it was former Minnesota standout Daniel Faalele who parlayed an impressive Senior Bowl week into a fourth-round selection by the Baltimore Ravens. Most expect Jones to garner top-50 interest with some even projecting him as a potential first-round pick.
It's easy to draw comparisons, both good and bad, to former first-round pick Mekhi Becton. Becton's injury history is well documented, but despite his size, it should be noted that Jones has missed just one game in his career due to injury. He's been remarkably durable.
The Jets don't really have a plan for either offensive tackle position next season. Duane Brown could retire, George Fant is a free agent, Becton is expected to return but remains a question mark, Max Mitchell is in the mix, and there's always the possibility that Alijah Vera-Tucker could be kept at tackle.
Jones makes sense if the Jets are looking for a potential day-one starting right tackle with the physical tools to become a future All-Pro at his position if he continues to work on his technique and footwork.
While most of the pre-draft attention has gone to Paris Johnson, don't be surprised if Dawand Jones is a target for the Jets this April.