2019-05-04 13:49:341 Oct 2018 01:53 AM EST
-by Daniel Mogollon, Staff Writer; Image: New York Jets third-round pick offensive tackle Chuma Edoga out of USC. (Image Source: John McCoy/Getty Images)
With the 2019 NFL Draft in the rearview mirror, did the New York Jets address their needs on the offensive side of the ball in Nashville:
Needs on Offense: Wide Receiver, Tight End, Offensive Tackle, Center
1. Center: None
So Jonotthan Harrison it is. General manager Mike Maccagnan talked up Harrison when the Jets didn’t land a center in free agency. The club signed him to a 2-year deal worth $5 million with no dead money in 2020 should they release him after this season. He’s got a one-year audition.
Who Was Available at No. 34: Elgton Jenkins, Mississippi State (No. 44), Eric McCoy, Texas A&M (No. 48)
Had the Jets had their second-round pick (part of the trade to move up to No.3 last year), you have to believe that both Elgton Jenkins and Eric McCoy would have been very tempting.
2. Offensive Tackle: Chuma Edoga, USC (3rd Round, No. 92 overall)
USC product Chuma Edoga is considered to be a very talented but inconsistent prospect, who didn’t always play to the best of his ability. If the Jets can get him motivated to protect his former college teammate this could be a steal of a pick. There’s little long-term commitment with any of the offensive linemen on New York’s roster, so Edoga’s future could be at tackle or possibly inside at guard. They’ve neglected offensive line for far too long in the draft, as the last time they used a Day 1 or 2 pick was 2013 when they selected Brian Winters in the third round.
Who Was Available at No. 34: Jawaan Taylor, Florida (No. 35), Greg Little, Ole Miss (No. 37), Cody Ford, Oklahoma (No. 38), Dalton Risner, Kansas State (No. 40)
At No. 34, there were oodles of offensive tackles on the board including Jawaan Taylor and Cody Ford, who were projected by many to be first-round picks.
3. Wide Receiver: None
From the outside looking in it would be easy to criticize the Jets for not adding a “weapon for Sam Darnold,” but I’m OK with it. Other needs were more pressing in the first two days, including protecting their quarterback. With Jamison Crowder, Robby Anderson, Quincy Enunwa, Christopher Herndon IV, Le’Veon Bell, and Ty Montgomery on the roster the lack of weapons in the throw game isn’t what’s going to hold the 2019 Jets back.
Who Was Available at No. 34: A.J. Brown, Ole Miss (No. 51), Mecole Hardman, Georgia (No. 56)
Both A.J. Brown and Mecole Hardman, who the Jets reportedly attempted to trade up for, could have been options at No. 34 if the Jets had their second-round pick.
4. Tight End: Trevon Wesco, West Virginia (4th Round, No. 121 overall)
The WVU product could be the ideal complement to Christopher Herndon IV, as Trevon Wesco is considered an old-school two-way tight end who can contribute both as a receiver and a blocker. At 6’4” and 267 pounds he has the frame, as well as the toughness to be an in-line player. That’s not to say that Wesco can’t impact the passing offense with his reliable hands.
Who Was Available at No. 34: Irv Smith, Alabama (No. 50), Drew Sample, Washington (No. 52)
Unless the Jets had a very high grade on Irv Smith, Wesco probably makes more sense, because Smith replicates what they already have in Herndon, a pass catching tight end who is most effective when lined up wide or in the slot.
Daniel Mogollon is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America. He is also a voter for the Thorpe and the Rotary Lombardi Award, as well as the Latino Sports MVP Awards.
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