The Jets managed to add to a strength on the first day of the NFL draft. Now they may add to improve their weaknesses, and one such weakness is the offensive line, a unit that has come under a lot of fire recently.
It seems as though the Jets are committed to the BPA approach, and there is nothing wrong with that. I just hope the BPA on their board when it comes to their 2nd round selection, is at a position of need, that would be a perfect alignment.
So which offensive lineman went in the first round:
1. La'El Collins
He wanted to be removed from the draft so he could clear his name and enter the supplemental draft, it was rejected. He needs to return to Louisiana to be questioned about the shooting death of a pregnant women, he's not believed to be a suspect in the case, but he is a person of interest. As a result he has fallen from the first round and could fall further. He has a ton of talent, especially in the run game, he's a finisher alright. The problem is he has sloppy pass protection technique. Still, in the 2nd round he offers a lot of value.
2. T.J Clemmings
It was widely reported that Clemmings got shown up at the Senior Bowl, most of it comes down to inconsistent technique and confidence issues. He is athletic and long, he moves well in space, gets to the second level with ease and blocks better on the move than when having to protect the pocket. He's a very good run blocker too. He's green, he's inconsistent but he has a very high ceiling.
3. A.J Cann
I read somewhere that you don't get too excited about anything that Cann does, but you don't see many issues either. I think that is the perfect description, he's just a very solid player. He has excellent strength, good mobility, a decent punch and a nice base when playing against power. He can struggle against quicker more athletic defensive lineman but overall he's just a good solid player that will make a team very happy.
4. Jake Fisher
Fisher is an interesting one because he's much better in pass protection than he is in run blocking. He has excellent mirror technique and he has a ton of athleticism that helps him in pass protection. He has good feet and moves to the second level well. However he lacks strength and he has been pushed around by bigger defensive lineman, he also panics if he's beaten off the snap, he's a penalty machine and I'm not sure we need another with Colon still on the roster.
5. Tre Jackson
Jackson is a power guy, he has excellent strength and power in the punch, he plays with a rock solid base and he has the ability to clear lanes and move people off the ball. Unfortunately he's a little too big and doesn't show the quickness or athleticism that you'd like in the game today. He is sloppy and slow when blocking in space or on the second level, although he does play with an aggression that I love.
Other offensive lineman to keep an eye on:
Jarvis Harrison, Mitch Morse, Rob Havenstein, Donovan Smith, Mark Glowinski