BGA: NFL Draft 2015 – Offensive Tackles

Welcome to the sixth instalment of the BGA: 2015 NFL Draft series. As we head to the draft, I’ll be sharing thoughts and observations about draft prospects for each position group. In the previous instalment we covered interior defensive linemen, but today we’re moving on to look at offensive tackles.

After the jump, I’m going to be focusing on the top prospects in this year’s draft. However, I’ll also recap the some potential sleepers.

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BGA: Scouting Marcus Gilchrist

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Now that free agency is underway, I’ve been looking at the players the Jets have brought in. On Friday night, we looked at quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick but today I’ll be looking at former Chargers defensive back Marcus Gilchrist.

The 26-year old Gilchrist is listed at 5’10” and 198 pounds. He was a second round pick out of Clemson in 2011 and has started every game at safety for the Chargers over the last two seasons, having played a more rotational role as a nickel corner for them in his first two. He has five interceptions, three forced fumbles and 16 passes defensed in his NFL career.

After the jump, I look in detail at footage from Gilchrist’s career so far to evaluate some of the things he brings to the table.

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BGA: Scouting Ryan Fitzpatrick

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With free agency well underway, I’ve been looking at each of the players the Jets brought in so far to assess some of their strengths and weaknesses. Yesterday, we looked at guard James Carpenter, but today we move on to a review of quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick.

The 32-year old Fitzpatrick is a Harvard-educated former fifth round pick who has started 89 games in his pro career, throwing 123 touchdowns and 101 interceptions. This will be his 11th season and the Jets – who acquired him for a conditional late-round pick in the 2016 draft earlier this week – will be his sixth team. The only team he has spent more than two seasons with is the Bills from 2009 to 2012, with current Jets offensive coordinator Chan Gailey in the same role for the Bills for the last three of those seasons. Fitzpatrick threw for at least 23 touchdown passes in each of those seasons. However, this past season with the Texans was the first where he had surpassed a quarterback rating of 85 (95.3). Even so, he was benched for the younger Ryan Mallett in early November after losing four out of five games. He did return to start three more games, throwing for 358 yards and a career-best six touchdowns against the Titans in week 13, but then suffering a broken leg in week 15.

After the jump, I’ll review Fitzpatrick’s career so far and look in detail at some of footage from last season to try and evaluate what he could provide the Jets with. To read more of this story, click here

BGA: Scouting James Carpenter

Now that free agency is well and truly underway, we’re taking a detailed look at the players the Jets have brought in so far. On Wednesday we looked at cornerback Buster Skrine and now we move on to take a look at former Seattle Seahawks guard James Carpenter.

The 25-year old Carpenter is 6’4″ and currently listed at 321 pounds. He was a first round pick out of Alabama in 2011 and has started 39 games at right tackle and left guard for the Seahawks over the past four seasons. This, of course, means that he was a former teammate of current Jets right tackle Breno Giacomini and the pair formed two-fifths of the starting offensive line on the Super Bowl winning Seahawks team from just over a year ago.

After the jump, I look in detail at his career so far, reviewing regular season footage to evaluate some of his strengths and weaknesses. To read more of this story, click here

BGA: Scouting Buster Skrine

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With free agency well underway, we’re going to start looking in depth at each of the players the Jet have acquired over the next few days. Today, we start with a look at former Cleveland Browns cornerback Buster Skrine.

The 25-year old Skrine, a former 5th round pick, is listed at 5’9″ and 185 pounds and worked his way up from special teamer, to nickel corner, to starting cornerback over the past four seasons with the Browns. 2014 was a breakout season for him in many respects, as he recorded a career high with four interceptions. However, he also got beaten for eight touchdowns and led the league in penalties. Despite his size, Skrine is regarded as an physical cover corner with good athleticism. He reportedly signed a four year deal with the Jets, for $25m (with $13m in guarantees).

After the jump, I look in detail at footage from Skrine’s career to evaluate some of his strengths and weaknesses.

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BGA: Scouting Mario Harvey

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Over the last several weeks, we’ve taking a look at some of the players the Jets added to their roster since the end of the regular season. Last week, we took a look at former Houston Texans linebacker Chris Young and you may also have missed our look at recent signing Ronald Talley, because that was published at around the same time as the news of the Brandon Marshall trade broke. Today we can bring ourselves fully up to date just in time for free agency with a look at former Indianapolis Colt Mario Harvey.

The 27-year old Harvey has played in 28 NFL games, working at both inside linebacker and fullback, and signed to the Jets practice squad late last season before getting a futures contract in January. Listed at 6’0″ and 264 pounds, he’s been allocated the number 50 and is currently listed as a linebacker by the Jets, although it’s sounding like John Conner won’t return to the Jets this offseason so maybe he will get the chance to compete with Tommy Bohanon for a backfield role instead. Harvey was undrafted out of Marshall, where he played as a linebacker, and has spent time with the Steelers and Colts.

After the jump, I review footage from Harvey’s career so far to assess what he brings to the table.

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BGA: Scouting Brandon Marshall

Yesterday, the Jets announced that they had agreed to a trade for wide receiver Brandon Marshall of the Chicago Bears. Marshall, a five time pro-bowler, is obviously a well known player. However, I’ve been reviewing footage from his career so far to assess what he brings to the table.

The 6’4″, 230-pound Marshall – who turns 31 later this month – was a fourth round pick of the Denver Broncos in 2006. He’s spent time with the Broncos, Dolphins and Bears and is one of only five players to catch over 100 passes in three consecutive seasons. He was an all-pro in 2012 after catching 118 passes for over 1,500 yards. He’s had significant off-field issues over the course of his career and was hobbled by an ankle injury early last year, and then missed the last three games after suffering two broken ribs and a punctured lung. He still managed to catch 61 passes for 721 yards, although these were the lowest totals since his rookie season. He did score eight touchdowns though.

After the jump, observations from reviewing footage from Marshall’s career so far to evaluate his strengths and weaknesses. To read more of this story, click here