The Jets traded up from their second third-round pick, moving from No. 93 to No. 92 to grab USC offensive tackle Chuma Edoga. The Jets gave the Vikings their seventh-round pick (No. 217) to jump one spot.
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Chuma Edoga had plenty of experience protecting Sam Darnold at USC. Now he'll get to do it again in the NFL.
The Jets traded up one spot late in the third round to draft the 6-3, 308-pound Edoga, who spent the last two seasons as the starting right tackle for the Trojans. That fills a huge need for the Jets, who are uncertain how quickly right tackle Brandon Shell will recover from the knee surgery he had in December. The Jets even traded their seventh-round pick to move up from No. 93 to 92 to make sure he didn't get away.
Edoga is actually known more for his run blocking than his pass protecting, and is considered a bit of a raw prospect. But if he can refine his technique he has a chance to step in pretty quickly as a starter. The Jets were right to move up and give him a shot, though, because the pickings at offensive tackle were getting pretty slim.
Of course, what they needed even more than a tackle was a center, and it was believed they were eyeing Penn State's Connor McGovern. Unfortunately for them, the Dallas Cowboys picked him two picks earlier, which also probably contributed to the Jets' decision to move up.
For a late third-round pick, though, this is good value. He has two years of starting experience and played all four years at USC. Surely he got a good recommendation from Darnold, too. And the talent is definitely there. The only question is how quickly he can harness it.
Depending on how fast Shell recovers, the Jets might need Edoga to harness his talent fast.