The pass-rushing draft options if Jets trade down – New York Post


Looking at offensive linemen, defensive tackles and edge rushers for the Jets to target in the draft:

The Jets have been searching for an edge rusher since John Abraham left town in 2006. They still have hope for third-year linebacker Lorenzo Mauldin, but potential has to start turning into production.

Myles Garrett would be perfect, but he will be long gone by the time the Jets pick at No. 6. There is a dropoff after Garrett, and they probably won’t go edge rusher there, but if they trade down, Derek Barnett, Haason Reddick, Charles Harris and Takkarist McKinley are possibilities.

The offensive line is in the midst of a massive makeover. The days of Nick Mangold and D’Brickashaw Ferguson are over. At the moment, only Brian Winters looks like a longtime piece of the offensive line. They could use reinforcements at tackle, center and even a guard to develop behind Winters and James Carpenter. If they trade down in the first round, Wisconsin’s Ryan Ramczyk could be worth taking, but not at 6.

Defensive tackle/end is about the only position the Jets don’t need help at. With Muhammad Wilkerson, Leonard Williams and Sheldon Richardson (for now, at least), that is their only position of strength. So, just watch Mike Maccagnan take another defensive lineman in the first round. That could push Jets fans over the edge.

Top-5 offensive linemen

1. Cam Robinson, Alabama, 6-6, 322
Started for the Crimson Tide as a true freshman and looks the part of a franchise left (or right) tackle, but has had shoulder injury issues, and arrest record on weapons and drug charges must be considered in his evaluation.

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2. Ryan Ramczyk, Wisconsin, 6-6, 310
Played just one year on big-time level and once quit the game, so his desire can be questioned, but has great feet at left tackle and should instantly be a solid pass-protector.

3. Garett Bolles, Utah, 6-5, 297
One-time troubled teen (drugs, alcohol, gang affiliation) will be a 25-year old rookie left tackle and is a mauler with bust potential.

4. Forrest Lamp, Western Kentucky, 6-4, 309
Best pure guard in the draft and a safe pick. Was a four-year starter at left tackle but probably translates to guard at the next level.

5. Pat Elflein, Ohio State, 6-3, 303
Considered the best center in this year’s draft, a three-time All-Big Ten selection. He makes good use of his wrestling background and had been likened to another former Buckeye, Nick Mangold.

Late riser: Taylor Moton, Western Michigan: Thickly built big guy moved better than scouts expected and now projects at tackle or guard, adding to his versatility.

Dropping fast: Zach Banner, USC: Massive man has been losing weight but NFL scouts remain concerned about his girth.

Small-school wonder: Julie’n Davenport, Bucknell: Cousin of Michael Kidd-Gilchrist of the Charlotte Hornets had the longest arms of any player at the scouting combine.

Top-5 defensive tackles

1. Jonathan Allen, Alabama, 6-3, 286

This is an interior lineman who can rush the passer (28.5 career sacks in college) and has strong, powerful hands but may have to bulk up a bit.

2. Caleb Brantley, Florida, 6-3, 307
Great quickness and very disruptive despite ordinary production for the Gators.

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3. Malik McDowell, Michigan State, 6-6, 295
Had 24.5 tackles for loss in 23 games for the Spartans, but is considered to be an underachiever and will need to go to a team with strong leadership in the defensive line room.

4. Chris Wormley, Michigan, 6-5, 298
Three-year starter for the Wolverines, team captain as a senior. Has good size and long arms but not very explosive.

5. Dalvin Tomlinson, Alabama, 6-3, 310
Smart, strong and has burst (ran 4.59 20-yard shuttle at the scouting combine) and can push the pocket in the middle of the line.

Late riser: D.J. Jones, Ole Miss: Moved surprisingly well at the combine for a man his size.

Dropping fast: Davon Godchaux, LSU: Poor job on the bench press at the combine and body fat was too high. Also has arrest record that does not help him.

Small-school wonder: Larry Ogunjobi, Charlotte: Is thinking about attending medical school but has a future in the NFL as an athletic big man who needs to prove he can cut it against higher competition.

Top-5 edge rushers

1. Myles Garrett, Texas A&M, 6-4, 272
Pretty much the lock No. 1 pick has no real weakness and is a difference-maker in the mold of Julius Peppers.

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2. Solomon Thomas, Stanford, 6-3, 273
Redshirt sophomore and team captain plays with high-intensity and toughness and is a coach’s dream.

3. Derek Barnett, Tennessee, 6-3, 259
Broke Reggie White’s school record with 33 career sacks and might be most explosive pure pass-rusher in the draft.

4. Charles Harris, Missouri, 6-3, 253
Hard-working, athletic and quick but needs to spend time in the weight room.

5. Taco Charlton, DE, Michigan, 6-6, 277
Only a one-year starter, led the Big Ten in sacks and is an imposing athlete but some scouts are worried about his motor.

Late riser: Jordan Willis, Kansas State: Strong showing at the combine probably boosted him into the second round.

Dropping fast: Carl Lawson, Auburn: All sorts of physical issues and nagging injuries put his durability in question.

Small-school wonder: Derek Rivers, Youngstown State: His incredible 41 sacks easily set a career record for the Penguins.

— Additional reporting by Paul Schwartz


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