The Jets had a poor offensive line in 2019 and they waste little time addressing that in Pro Football Focus' latest mock ahead of the 2020 NFL Draft.
Only one offensive lineman, Georgia's Andrew Thomas, is selected in the top-10 picks. He goes to the Browns at ten. That allows the Jets to nab Alabama tackle Jedrick Wills.
Here's the PFF pick explained:
"While Thomas ranks first among offensive tackles on PFF's latest big board, Wills is right behind him at No. 9 overall and No. 2 among tackles. The former Alabama standout is expected to blow up the Combine from a testing standpoint considering his sheer athleticism and foot speed. Wills also recorded a 90.1 PFF run-blocking grade in the SEC this past season, a remarkable figure for an underclassman."
By comparison to other mock drafts, a run on receivers in the top-10 selections helps Wills fall to the Jets. At No. 4, Alabama's Jerry Jeudy goes to the Giants and at No. 8, the Cardinals select Oklahoma's CeeDee Lamb. In some cases, the Jets, who also could use a wideout, are the first team to select a receiver in mocks. But as fate goes in PFF's guesses, the pick is Wills.
According to PFF, Wills allowed only one sack and 14 QB pressures in 450 pass-blocking snaps last season. He also made huge improvements as a run blocker, as his grade in the run game jumped from a 63.1 in 2018 to the prior mentioned 90.1 in 2019.
Wills was a two-year starter for the powerhouse that Alabama is, but the big question on him is whether or not he can play on the left side of the offensive line. At Alabama, he exclusively played on the right side. On the bright side, it might not really matter for the Jets. Kelvin Beachum manned the left side of the line.
But PFF tabbed the Jets' offensive line as the fifth-worst unit in the NFL last season, so regardless of Beachum's status, upgrades are needed all over Gang Green's line in order for QB Sam Darnold and RB Le'Veon Bell to have improved stats in 2020.