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New York Jets: Who To Watch At Potential Positions Of Need: Offensive Tackle

In this series, I will be pointing out potential positions of need going into the 2016 NFL Draft. Today we will be taking a look at the offensive tackle position.

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Other than quarterback, there is no position I am more worried about than offensive tackle. On one side, we have the mediocre Breno Giacomini. I like his tough mentality, but he is very up and down in both run and pass blocking. His price tag will be around $5 Million for the next two years. In 2016 the dead money won't hurt us that badly. If we are going to look for an upgrade, 2016 is the year to do it. On the other side we have D'brickashaw Ferguson, who is still a serviceable offensive tackle. He is reliable with health, and reliable in pass blocking. The issue with Brick, is his price tag. In 2016, he will be owed $14 Million. That is an incredible amount of money for an aging tackle. Even though he is still serviceable, his talent is noticeably declining. With our backs against the wall, cap wise, I can see us cutting him loose. Here are some of the names to keep an eye on this season

Big Names:

Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame

One Strength- Outstanding in pass protection

One Weakness- Needs to show more power

Laremy Tunsil, OT, Mississippi

One Strength- Great footwork

One Weakness- Needs to improve lower body strength

Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State

One Strength- Strong run blocker

One Weakness- Footwork

Spencer Drango, OT, Baylor

One Strength- Great mechanics

One Weakness- Might need to move inside

Next Tier:

Le'Raven Clark, OT, Texas Tech

One Strength- Has great instincts

One Weakness- Let's rushers into his body too often

Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State

One Strength- A mauler in the run game

One Weakness- Needs to work on balance

Tyler Johnstone, OT, Oregon

One Strength- Very quick and agile

One Weakness- Needs more balance in run blocking

Zach Banner, OT USC

One Strength- A very strong, mountain of a man

One Weakness- Might be stuck at RT

Germain Ifedi, OT, Texas A&M

One Strength- Attacks run lanes with good angles

One Weakness- Lets rushers into his body

Other Guys:

Kyle Murphy, OT, Stanford

One Strength- Great initial quickness to get on rushers fast

One Weakness- Doesn't change direction with balance

Joe Haeg, OT, North Dakota State

One Strength- Quick feet to mirror in pass protection

One Weakness- Needs to develop his core strength

Feel free to mention any prospects you guys have your eyes on.