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The NFL's scouting combine wraps up today with the final two groups comprised entirely of defensive backs, undertaking the on-field workouts and drills. We've, therefore, seen every offensive prospect, so let's highlight five under-the-radar standouts that a team like the Jets could be interested in.
While all the attention was on the top prospects, with Wyoming's Josh Allen impressing with his arm strength, and Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield and UCLA's Josh Rosen showcasing their superior accuracy, the Jets will reportedly be looking to address their need for a franchise quarterback in free agency. So, they may not be in the market for one of the top prospects.
Could they have interest in a developmental back-up later on, even if they manage to land themselves Kirk Cousins, though? With three Day Two picks, perhaps this enables the Jets to spend one on a quarterback who might be an option to start in a few years' time. If recent reports that Cousins is seeking a short-term deal so he can cash in again in a few years are accurate, that might be prudent.
Could Richmond's Kyle Lauletta be an option? Lauletta is drawing Jimmy Garoppolo comparisons from some sources after an impressive Senior Bowl performance. Workout numbers are perhaps less important than almost everything else for quarterbacks at the combine, but Lauletta showcased his mobility with the best short shuttle time at his position.
Penn State's Saquon Barkley may have stolen at the headlines with an outstanding performance, but the Jets probably won't be in the market for a running back in the early rounds. However, could Chris Warren from Texas interest the Jets later on?
The 247-pound Warren would bring a dimension to the Jets' running attack that they haven't had in recent years. A power back would be useful in short yardage situations, and Warren's size could also make him an asset as a blocker. The team met with him at the combine, so there appears to be at least some level of interest.
On the face of it, you might think that Warren's slow 40-yard dash (4.69 seconds) would be damaging for his draft stock. However, Warren tested superbly for strength, explosiveness, and agility. In the past, many backs have shown that you can still be effective without elite straight line speed if you can run with power and/or have quick feet.
Successful NFL backs such as LaGarrette Blount, Rex Burkhead, and Arian Foster posted similar combine 40-times to Warren in the past.
Most of the headlines at the offensive tackle position surrounded Oklahoma's Orlando Brown Jr., a projected high pick who posted a terrible set of workout numbers.
If the Jets are looking for a later-round option that was more impressive at the combine, perhaps Pittsburgh's Brian O'Neill will fit the bill. O'Neill was a wide receiver in high school, and began his Pitt career as a tight end. As you'd expect, he was able to showcase some impressive athleticism during combine workouts, posting the best time at his position for the 40-yard dash and three-cone drill, and also fared well in other disciplines.
O'Neill's main weakness is strength, but he managed 22 bench press reps, which is below average, but not terrible. He is probably a year away from being an option to start, but that gives him a year in an NFL weight program to build up his strength, and his athleticism could eventually make him a good fit for the Jets' new zone blocking scheme.
The Jets definitely need reinforcements on the interior line, so could Scott Quessenberry from UCLA be an option for them in the mid-rounds? Quessenberry can play either guard or center, and his brother David was drafted by the Houston Texans in 2013, while Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan was still there.
At the combine, Quessenberry led all interior linemen in terms of his 40-yard dash time and vertical jump, and was in the top five for two other categories. He doesn't have ideal length and, like O'Neill, could do with adding some strength, but seems like another potential fit for the Jets' system.
While the likes of SMU's Courtland Sutton, LSU's DJ Chark, and Penn State tight end Mike Gesicki were standout performers at the top-end of the draft, could Iowa State wide receiver Allen Lazard be an option in the late rounds?
At just under 6-foot-5, Lazard's size would bring a different dimension to the Jets' passing game, and he posted very good numbers for his size during combine workouts. Lazard has said he is open to a move to tight end, although he'd need to bulk up from his current weight of 227 pounds.