The New York Jets have several holes to fill, but they can select one sure-fire player to bolster the offense.
While the Jets allowed Robby Anderson to leave in free agency, signing Breshad Perriman as his replacement, the offense didn’t necessarily get ‘better.’ Bolstering the unit to ensure Sam Darnold and LeVeon Bell play to the peak of their abilities should be the priority moving forward, which is where the 2020 NFL Draft comes into play.
Jets’ general manager Joe Douglas reinforced the offensive line this offseason, signing Connor McGovern to play center, Greg Van Roten at right guard, George Fant at left tackle, and Alex Lewis at left guard. The only position in need of an upgrade is right tackle, where they can find a stellar player in Jedrick Wills.
If Wills falls to the 11th pick, he will undoubtedly be the selection for the Jets, who could use a top-end start and potential All-Pro tackle to solidify the spot for years to come. While it might not be as sexy as picking Jerry Jeudy or Ceedee Lamb, Darnold and Bell benefit the most, completing a rebuild of the front five on offense.
What would Wills bring to the New York Jets?
NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein describes Wills as a fundamental genius with quick, accurate punches. His varied approach toward taking on pass rushers allows him to develop a rhythm and use his vision to locate stunts and diverse blitzes.
After watching Wills extensively, I saw one consistent trait — his technique is astounding. His timely punches and footwork compare to NFL starters with ease and having protected Tua Tagovailoa’s blindside ay Alabama, we know he’s faced off against worthy talent.
If the Jets are willing to spend a top draft pick at the right tackle position, they must go with Wills and never look back. It’s possible he’s selected prior to the 11th overall pick, but passing on a cemented talent at an essential position for the next five years-plus would be a mistake.