New York Jets: Top priorities for this year’s draft – EWB Roundtable

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Thomas Wheaton, Contributor,

One year removed from selecting their franchise quarterback, the New York Jets have several holes on the roster that need to be filled. First and foremost, they need to address the left tackle position. What better way to build around a young quarterback than to get someone to cover his blind side for the next decade?

At third overall, taking a tackle would be a little bit of a reach. However, this is where the opportunity for a trade back makes a lot of sense. If the Jets are able to pick up any extra picks to move down a couple of spots, say to seven where the Jaguars are, picking a tackle would provide a little more value. Someone like Jonah Williams or Jawaan Taylor would be a perfect fit and would fill a huge hole on the roster.

If the Jets stand pat and keep the third overall selection, they should be able to target another position of need, edge rusher. With one of Nick Bosa, Josh Allen, and Clelin Ferrell available at three, the Jets could very easily pull the trigger on one of those edge rushers. Or, they could also select Quinnen Williams to pair with Leonard Williams at the defensive tackle position.

Regardless, the Jets need some sort of pass rush help, and any one of those four players would be able to provide that. In addition, expect the Jets to look at skill position players in the middle rounds. This draft is deep at wide receiver and running back and the Jets could use help at both positions.