3 offensive players for Jets staff to watch at Senior Bowl

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The Jets possess a golden opportunity in coaching the Senior Bowl.

Gang Green needs an infusion of talent. There were flashes of young talent in 2021 with Zach Wilson, Alijah Vera-Tucker, Elijah Moore, Michael Carter, Michael Carter II and Brandin Echols, but it still added up to a 4-13 season.

The Jets know they need more. They own a plethora of draft capital with four picks in the top 50 and nine picks in the first five rounds.

The Senior Bowl will provide them with an up close look on these standout college seniors.

Let’s start with three offensive players to watch.

TE Trey McBride, Colorado State

The tight end spot is by far the weakest on the Jets offense. It was led by Tyler Kroft, Dan Brown, Ryan Griffin and Kenny Yeboah. The Jets know they need to upgrade there.

So they’ll get their eyes on arguably the best tight end prospect in McBride. He is a 6-foot 4, 260 pound physical blocker, a skill the Jets value from their tight ends in Mike LaFleur’s offensive scheme. The Jets ran 12 personnel a bunch early in the season but received limited production from the unit and eventually went heavy on 11 personnel. That wouldn’t be an issue with McBride as he was a legit receiving weapon as he caught 90 passes for 1,121 yards in 2021.

The level of competition McBride faced in the Mountain West wasn’t great, making the Senior Bowl a showcase opportunity for him.

OG Zion Johnson, Boston College

Johnson started his college career at Davidson but transferred to Boston College in 2019 and immediately became a starter. In 2021, Johnson was named first team All-American at left guard. He’s 6-foot-3, 316 pounds and fits well for a zone run scheme because he has solid footwork. That allows him to move well in tight spaces to reach block and double team on defensive tackles and work to the second level to latch onto second level defenders.

The Jets offensive line in 2021 was solid but could use improvement especially at the right guard spot. Greg Van Roten struggled, and Laurent Duvernay-Tardif is an unrestricted free agent, who is contemplating leaving football to pursue the medical field.

ESPN’s Mel Kiper rated Johnson as the No. 2 guard available for the 2022 draft.

WR Jahan Dotson, Penn State

Dotson is almost a clone of Moore, the Jets’ 2021 second-round pick. Both are exceptional route runners with 4.3 speed and the ability to separate against man coverage, and both are dynamic with the ball in their hands.

Dotson is slightly bigger at 5-foot-11.

He caught 91 passes for 1,182 yards with 12 touchdowns for Penn State. The Jets need as many weapons around Wilson as possible. The duo of Corey Davis and Moore is solid but the Jets coaching staff wants to add more to the receiver room.

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RB Hassan Haskins, Michigan (1,327 yards, 20 TDs)

OG Marquis Hayes, Oklahoma