Daniel Jeremiah talks draft needs for Jets, ‘continuing to get more firepower’
NFL Network draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah recently held a conference call in preparation for next week’s Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. Naturally, Jeremiah touched on a lot of topics but he was asked about his pick of Georgia offensive tackle Broderick Jones to the Jets in his latest mock draft and some other draft needs for the Jets.
Jeremiah is a big fan of Jones and says his best football is still ahead of him. He believes Jones can be a really good fit for the Jets because he can play both left and right tackle.
When you look at Broderick Jones, I think his best football is still ahead of him. He is incredibly strong. He is incredibly athletic. What he can do in the second level stuff and the run game as well as in the screen game is outstanding.
He sets a little bit of a unique set where he sets a little bit flat so there are times where guys can get upfield on him, but then he shows you the ability to recover and hang in there.
So, you know, maybe a little top–heavy at times. He gets a little over–aggressive. He is a pretty physical player, but I think there’s a lot to really like about him. I think he could play either side. I think he could play right tackle. He could play left tackle. That would be — that’s why I had him going there. I think it would be a really good fit.
Jones has been connected to the Jets in many mock drafts, including Draft Wire’s latest three-round mock.
As far as other draft needs go, in Jeremiah’s opinion, he mentions the Jets just continuing to “get more firepower”. One position he mentions is the tight end position, which he believes is very strong this season. Jeremiah said he has 11 tight ends with top-three-round grades on.
In terms of other needs, you know, still continuing to get more firepower. I know they signed all those tight ends last year, but I still don’t think they have a real dynamic difference–making tight end. I think they’ve got some good players, but that would be — that would be something I would be trying to find as well as we’ll see what they’re going to do with the center position going forward.
I wouldn’t mind seeing them get one of those young centers in this draft. It’s a pretty good group of interior offensive linemen.
The center position is going to be very interesting for the Jets because we know Connor McGovern is a free agent and the name John Michael Schmitz from Minnesota is going to continue to be heavily linked to the Jets in round two.
The tight end spot for the Jets is interesting too. They hope to see more from 2022 third-round pick Jeremy Ruckert next season but there are a lot of good tight ends in this class, as Jeremiah mentioned. Notre Dame’s Michael Mayer, Utah’s Dalton Kincaid, South Dakota State’s Tyler Kroft, and Georgia’s Darnell Washington are just a few of the names. Could the Jets actually draft a tight end in the middle rounds? It will be interesting to follow these tight ends.