New York Jets: Iowa tackle Brandon Scherff is not a good fit


The NFL Draft is a week away, and for the New York Jets, they will have to making some decisions soon on what players they would like to target.

Mock drafts have the Jets all over the place with their selection, as despite a great offseason, the Jets have holes to fill. One player that has been linked to the Jets in the draft is offensive tackle Brandon Scherff from Iowa.

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Scherff had a fantastic career at Iowa, and his great play there has made him the likely first offensive lineman taken, and a probable Top-10 pick. The last time an Iowa player was taken in the Top-10 it didn’t work out to well, as Robert Gallery was selected by the Oakland Raiders.  Scherff played left tackle at Iowa, but many scouts project him as a guard in the NFL.

“I think it’s a question of a very similar conversation we had with Zack Martin last year,” NFL Network’s draft analyst Mike Mayock said. “You could start at left tackle, probably be a good left tackle. You could start at right tackle, be a very good right tackle.

“However, I think his best position, because of his power, his toughness, his football sense, is inside. I think he’s an all-pro guard.”

The comparison to Dallas Cowboys’ guard Zack Martin is very high praise, as he made the Pro Bowl as a rookie last season. Martin however was the 16th selection in the NFL Draft last season, which is a better place to draft a guard rather than in the Top-10.

The Jets’ offensive line has gotten older, and their effectiveness has also dropped in recent seasons. This offseason and last offseason, the Jets have attempted to sure up their once dominant offensive line by bringing in two players from the Seattle Seahawks.

Last offseason, the Jets signed right tackle Breno Giacomini in hopes of improving a position that was a mess for years. In his first season with Jets, Giacomini struggled to play like he did in Seattle, and the Jets will hope he plays better in 2015.

This offseason, the Jets would attempt to improve another spot of the offensive line that has been a weakness since the departure of Alan Faneca. James Carpenter of the Seahawks would be signed to play alongside D’Brickashaw Ferguson and Nick Mangold. The signing of Carpenter makes him the youngest player on the Jets’ offensive line at 26-years-old.

Nov 2, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; New York Jets guard Willie Colon (66) and center Nick Mangold (74) on the line of scrimmage during the second half against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs won 24-10. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

It wouldn’t be a bad idea for the Jets to draft an offensive lineman in the NFL Draft, as the group is getting old. In the first-round however, the Jets can’t use the sixth pick in the draft on Scherff who looks to be a guard in the NFL.

If the Jets decide to trade down a few picks in the draft to draft Scherff, which would make the choice a lot better than using the sixth pick on him. The Jets figure to have their offensive line set right now, but Scherff would be an upgrade over Willie Colon.

It will be very interesting to see what the Jets do with the sixth pick, which has produced players like Mark Sanchez and Vernon Gholston in recent drafts.

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