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NY Jets draft film review: Why JC Latham is OT1

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JC Latham is a better prospect than the consensus believes

The month of the 2024 NFL Draft has arrived, which means the debates are only getting hotter among New York Jets fans.

Blewett’s Blitz draft film reviews:

One of the biggest debates among Jets fans is which offensive tackle prospect makes the most sense for the team. According to NFL Mock Draft Database, the consensus ranking of the top five OT prospects goes like this: 1) Joe Alt, 2) Olu Fashanu, 3) Taliese Fuaga, 4) JC Latham, and 5) Troy Fautanu.

Alt is projected to be drafted before the Jets’ pick at No. 10, but some fans like him enough to the point where they want to see Joe Douglas trade up for him. If the Jets stay put at No. 10 and Alt is not available, many fans prefer either Fashanu or Fuaga as their favorite OT prospect.

However, not enough fans are talking about Alabama’s JC Latham.

For some reason, Latham does not receive nearly as much hype as the three OT prospects ranked above him. But I think he should.

After thoroughly reviewing Latham’s 2023 film, I came away believing that he is my OT1 at this point in time. That’s subject to change, but as of right now, I think he is the best OT prospect in the 2024 draft class.

Want to know why? It’s all explained in the latest Blewett’s Blitz film breakdown.

  • The most common misconceptions about Latham’s game
  • Why Latham is a good fit for the Jets’ revamped run scheme
  • The concerns about Latham’s game

Plus, a full scouting report of Latham’s strengths and weaknesses can be found at the bottom of this page.

The FULL, member-only JC Latham film breakdown can be found at the bottom of this article (must be a Jets X-Factor member and logged into the site). 

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Peter Buell
Peter Buell
1 month ago

Imo the Jets scouts need to be 99.99% sure that Brock Bowers is that generational player he’s been billed as in most mocks.
If unsure, with so much of the team set, they either need to trade up for Odunze or Nabers or down where they can draft a day 1 tackle (if needed to be that) and at minimum a wr3.
Luckily for the Jets this draft is deep at both positions.
I can be happy with all 3.. assuming Brock is a mini Kelce.

1 month ago
Reply to  Peter Buell

I can’t take the “generational” label any longer. It’s just thrown around, I don’t think people understand that means, you can go an ENTIRE generation and not see a player this good. Look at Mr. Generational in Jax…what a joke. These “experts” need to realize if they label a QB as “generation” then he’s better than Mahommes, because that’s what ONCE in a generation means.

For Bowers to be “generational” then he’s got to be better than Kelce. I’d pass.

1 month ago

I think Latham gets overlooked or disliked with Jets’ fans because of his similar size and build to Becton.