Wednesday, April 25, 2012

New York Jets Draft Preview: Offensive Line

The New York Jets offensive line was one of the biggest disappointments last season and is the biggest question going into the 2012 season, mainly the right tackle position currently filled by Wayne Hunter. If the Jets want to get back to their ground and pound offense, and also utilize Tim Tebow in the wildcat offense, it all starts with the offensive line. 

Rumors have been spreading that the Jets might trade up to the third pick and possibly draft Trent Richardson. I do not know who the Jets are willing to give up or what picks they will give up, but Richardson could be an upgrade from Greene. Now if the Jets make this move, the Jets should focus on finding a solid tackle in the third or fourth round to help rectify the run game for gang green. 

Jeff Allen out of Illionis is a solid pick if the Jets could get him in the third round. The 6 foot 4, 307 pounder has good quickness and is strong in the run game. He is projected to go in the second or third round, and if he is still on the board in the third round, the Jets should snatch him. 

The Jets next best option would be Mitchell Schwartz from the University of California. Schwartz is 6 foot 5 and weighs 318 pounds. He is great at getting to the second level, and is also strong in the run game. Mitchell is projected to go in the third round. 

There are plenty of options for the Jets in the draft, but the Jets need to draft players that will help fill the holes that are on their depth chart, especially the line.

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