The NFL Scouting Combine has been in full swing this week, but the real scouting continues on Friday as running backs, offensive linemen, kickers and special teamers take the the field.
Here's who the Jets should be keeping a close eye on when it all begins at 4 p.m...
1) Louisville T Mekhi Becton
It's no secret that the Jets need a lot of help on the offensive line this offseason. Really, every spot along the offensive line is due for an upgrade, and when it comes to protecting quarterback Sam Darnold, finding someone to protect the all-important blind side for years to come is the key.
At the tackle position, Mekhi Becton is a physical freak. Weighing in at 6-foot-7, 364 pounds, Becton would be the heaviest tackle drafted in the last decade, and he'd instantly become the second heaviest tackle in the NFL behind Trent Brown of the Raiders.
Becton had been the talk of the town leading into the Combine, and now it's time to see how he fares in the drills. And while 40-yard-dash times aren't all that important, agility drills like the three-cone and 10-yard shuttle could show how explosive Becton is at coming out of his stance.
Becton has already met with the Jets, and a recent mock draft even had the Jets trading up to secure him.
2) Georgia T Andrew Thomas
If Becton isn't the best overall tackle in this year's draft class, that title could fall to Georgia tackle Andrew Thomas. After all, Thomas faced stiffer competition while playing in the SEC. And at 6-foot-5, 315 pounds, he's no physical slouch.
Like Becton, Thomas has already met with the Jets, and has broken down some his game film with team officials.
3) LSU RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire
The question of will they or won't they trade Le'Veon Bell has lingered over the team for weeks, if not months. Bell's first season in New York may not have lived up to expectations, but there's no indication that they're looking to deal him. Still, Joe Douglas has said that he'll always answer the phone when another team comes calling. And whether the Jets trade Bell or not, they could use another talented runner.
Clyde Edwards-Helaire, a member of the Tigers' national championship squad, is a shorter back at 5-foot-7, 207 pounds, but he's got the explosiveness and open-field ability to make an impact in the NFL. And he runs tough for his size. He's not considered the best of this year's bunch of runners, but he could be a second-or third-round option.
4) Oregon G Shane LeMieux
The Jets are coming off of an ugly breakup with guard Kelechi Osemele, and finding a full-time answer at the guard positions is vital, even after trading for Alex Lewis prior to last season.
Shane LeMieux, listed at 6-foot-4, 310 pounds, is one of the best interior linemen in this year's class. Second-team All-Pac 12 in 2018 and 2019, LeMieux started 52 games at left guard for the Ducks, providing a steady presence on an offensive line with a lot of moving pieces.
5) Wisconsin C Tyler Biadasz
The Jets were able to lure Ryan Kalil out of retirement prior to last season, a move that surprised many and looked to give Gang Green some veteran experience at center. But Kalil left a lot to be desired and is likely to be headed back to retirement. Needing help at center, Tyler Biadasz -- 6-foot-4, 314 pounds -- won this year's Remington Trophy as the nation's top center despite having hip surgery last spring.