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Jets position group grades heading into the NFL Draft: Offensive Line
Jets position group grades heading into the NFL Draft: Offensive Line

Jets position group grades heading into the NFL Draft: Offensive Line

With the 2021 NFL Draft approaching on April 29 and NFL free agency slowing down, here’s an overview on where each position group stands.

Offensive Line Grade: D

Who’s on the roster: Jimmy Murray, Dan Feeney, Connor McGovern, Leo Koloamatangi, Greg Van Roten, Alex Lewis, George Fant, Chuma Edoga, Conor McDermott, Mekhi Becton, Corey Levin and Cameron Clark

Review from last year

The Jets offensive line was ranked as the 29th worst in the NFL by Pro Football Focus, but the left side showed promise with talented rookie Becton and Lewis.

PFF rated Becton — the 11th overall pick in 2020 — 31st out of 80 qualifying tackles. He gave up 23 pressures by allowing seven sacks and 15 quarterback hurries. His pass-blocking grade was 76.0 and his run game was 73.9. Even through some rookie woes, Becton showed immense talent. He should develop into a Pro-Bowl caliber player and be in the running for future All-Pro honors.

Lewis was rated No. 26 out of 80 qualifying guards. In 11 games, he gave up zero sacks, allowed eight QB hits and 16 hurries. His pass-blocking grade was a 55.6 and his run game was 71.5.

The right side of the Jets’ offensive line was troublesome.

Van Roten was rated the 42nd guard out of 80. He was decent in the pass protection with a pass-blocking grade of 71.5 — he gave 24 total pressures with three sacks, two QB hits and 19 hurries — but struggled with run blocking (grade of 54.4).

Fant was rated as the 64th qualifying tackle out of 80. He allowed the 18th most pressures in the league (33). He gave up three sacks, six quarterback hits and 24 hurries.

But center was the weakest part of the offensive line.

Gang Green signed Feeney in March to a one-year deal, but the former L.A. Chargers center struggled in pass protection last season. Only one qualified center was rated below him. He gave up 33 pressures which was tied for the most at center. He allowed four sacks, five quarterback hits and 24 hurries. His run blocking grade was lousy, too (47.2, 35th out of 36 centers).

McGovern, last year’s starter, also gave up 33 pressures and his pass blocking grade was 42.7 as he allowed 22 hurries, five QB hits and six sacks. But his run blocking was above average (70.6, 12th out of 36 centers).

Early Draft Options

The Jets are drafting a quarterback with the No. 2 overall pick, but they’ll need to build a wall to protect their new QB (likely Zach Wilson) with a few of their early picks.

Here are a few options:

Creed Humphrey, C/G, Oklahoma

Humphrey would solve the Jets’ woes at center. He excels in zone-blocking, is fundamentally sound, fires into defenders and rarely gets overwhelmed. He also has good footwork and is agile in space.

The 6-4, 300-pound center was named a third-team All-American and Big 12 Offensive Lineman of the Year as a junior last season.

Teven Jenkins, OT, Oklahoma State

Jenkins is a 6-6, 320-pound mauler. He has experience playing left and right tackle. He has good feet, strength and is effective at sealing defenders from a play.

Jenkins can be a forceful run blocker with his desire to punish defenders once he locks onto them. He also has the athletic ability to reach the second level and block linebackers from the action. He was First-Team All-Big 12 in 2020.

Liam Eichenberg, OT, Notre Dame

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Eichenberg played left tackle last season and didn’t give up a sack and allowed just three QB hits and nine hurries. NFL scouts project him as a right tackle. He has good feet and is effective with his hand placement with defenders. He’s a solid run blocker and pass protector with the ability to move defenders off the line of scrimmage.

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The 6-6, 300-pound lineman earned Second-Team All-American and First-Team All-ACC honors.


1. Quarterbacks

2. Running Backs

3. Wide Receivers

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