With the 2023 NFL draft on the horizon, the NY Jets have been setting their sights at offensive tackle.
The NFL draft is on the horizon and the New York Jets have plenty of prospects to study. As such, you’ve probably seen the term “top 30 visit” being used frequently.
A top 30 visit allows NFL teams to interview up to 30 players, with the ability to bring them to their facility and conduct interviews, meetings, and a physical. These visits are primarily used by a team to find out more about a potential prospect in whatever area of concern or interest that they have.
So far, the Jets have only used 10 of their top 30 visits. That number is good for the fifth-fewest among NFL teams, tied with the Giants. Only the Chargers, Rams, Dolphins, and 49ers have used fewer visits thus far.
The position the Jets have utilized most of their visits for? That would be offensive tackle.
The Jets have used 3-of-10 top 30 visits on the offensive tackle position, bringing in Broderick Jones of Georgia, Anton Harrison of Oklahoma, and Tyler Steen of Alabama.
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It makes sense for the Jets to get a better look at the offensive tackle prospects this year.
Last season, the Jets had a disaster at offensive tackle. Mekhi Becton suffered an offseason injury that forced him to miss the entire year. On top of that, the team saw four tackles take at least 275 snaps. It included a carousel of George Fant, Max Mitchell, Duane Brown, and Cedric Ogbuehi.
That’s an inconvenience that only six other teams had to deal with in the 2022 season.
Going into the 2023 season, it’s easy to see why Joe Douglas and Robert Saleh would like to shore up that part of the offensive line.
It’s unlikely that the Jets will pick up Becton’s fifth-year option. After all, the 2020 first-round pick has only played in 15 games to start his young career. And, the team still doesn’t have a true answer at right tackle, either.
With Aaron Rodgers likely to suit up for the Jets this season, it’s imperative the team gets another elite talent on the offensive line. Otherwise, it won’t matter who’s under center.
All of that creates the perfect storm for the Jets to target a big-time player at OT in the 2023 NFL draft.