On NFL Network’s analysts’ mock draft, Marshall Faulk raised some eyebrows with his pick for the Jets.
“You want to control the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball. You need to be able to block for your quarterback. I like Xavier Su’a-Filo,” said Faulk, before referencing the Jets’ first-round pick last season, Dee Milliner. “If I’m a GM and I drafted a corner last year, and you got to see him struggle all year, I just don’t think Su’a-Filo will struggle. It’s kind of a safe pick, but it’s a need as well.”
Two weeks ago, Rotoworld analysts Evan Silva and Josh Norris identified guard as one of the top three needs for the Jets and pegged Su’a-Filo as the top day one option. Earlier this week, TheJetsBlog’s Brian Bassett also named Su’a-Filo as a possible day one option. The Jets did not bring Su’a-Filo in for an official visit but, from what we hear, they do have some interest.
Bent, TheJetsBlog.comWhile most mocks seem to have the UCLA guard going in the late first or early second round, he is considered by many to be the top pure guard in this year’s class. Having said that, there are a couple of tackles that are ranked above him who might also project to guard. The Jets may be seeking for an immediate upgrade over Brian Winters, who struggled in his rookie season at left guard, as well as a long term replacement for right guard Willie Colon. The 31-year old Colon signed a one-year deal to remain with the Jets but is coming off a torn biceps injury.
Su’a-Filo is an athletic player who plays with a nasty streak and can protect the passer or get out to the second level. He’s played both at tackle and at guard in college, but looks like a natural on the interior. However, Faulk’s colleague Dave Dameshek reacted to his pick by saying “The boo-birds will never be louder if the Jets take a guard at No. 18.” It may be that the Jets would trade down from 18, or up from 49 back into the first round if they were going to select Su’a-Filo, but we’re interested in your take. Please respond to the poll and expand upon your answers in the comments.