Solid Talent Could Fall Through the Cracks of the First Round

While there’s plenty of talent in this draft, it all can’t fit into the first round, and so Todd McShay mentioned a list of ten names that he thinks has first round talent but just didn’t fit.  Since the Jets have the pleasure of picking early in the second round, the article is worth a read for those with Insider Subscriptions on ESPN.  If not, here’s two names we’d be happy to hear the Jets pick at the top of the second round.

Alabama OT D.J. Fluker: A massive (6-4⅞, 335) mauler who projects as an effective right tackle at the next level, Fluker can engulf defenders when working in the phone booth. His lack of mobility and foot speed can be exposed by speed rushers off the edge and conditioning could be an issue, but Fluker fights hard and flashes a mean streak.

Oregon G Kyle Long: A raw prospect with limited experience, Long has elite physical tools and plenty of upside. He has a long frame (6-61, 304), moves well, and shows strength and toughness. He needs to improve his instincts and awareness, but his skill set alone gets him in the first-round conversation.

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

We loved what we saw from Austin Howard this year, but it’s worth considering whether or not a better long term talent like a DJ Fluker might not be a good choice for the Jets at the Right Tackle spot.  Howard could then bump to one of the interior spots easily enough and the Jets would have a pretty impressive group even if they did lose both Slauson and the longest tenured linemen, Brandon Moore.

While McShay mentions other positions that the Jets also need consider (WR, TE, DE/OLB, QB) early in the draft, the line is going to be important to re-stock quickly and the guys the Jets had on the bench in 2012 didn’t inpsire a lot of confidence.  The point is that with a wealth of talent in this draft, the Jets might get two very nice cornerstones for this team in the first two rounds.




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