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NY Jets Mock Draft: 5 first-round targets for Gang Green

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3. Evan Neal, OT, Alabama

The Jets have done a decent job of rebuilding their offensive line and the results have been evident in spurts in 2021, and that's been without young star left tackle Mekhi Becton.

But don't be surprised to see Joe Douglas go back to the offensive line pool early in Round 1, especially if someone like Evan Neal is still on the board.

At 6-foot-6, 350 pounds, Neal is built in the same mold as Becton as a monstrous but deceptively-athletic mauler who projects as a franchise tackle at the next level.

He's a technically sound pass protector who is an absolute bulldozer in the run game. Neal uses his impressive size to steamroll defenders but also has nimble feet and quick hands that allow him to keep speed rushers in front of him.

Neal might get looks at left tackle in the NFL, the role he's playing this year with Alabama. However, he has plenty of experience playing right tackle and even left guard at the collegiate level and the former is likely where he'd fit in with the Jets given Becton's presence on the left side.

That's perfectly fine for a Jets team that could look forward to a future of Becton, Alijah Vera-Tucker, and Neal anchoring a young, stalwart offensive line unit.

Evan Neal is the early favorite to be OT1 in this class, and it's hard to see anyone surpassing him at this time.

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