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NY Jets draft film review: Is Taliese Fuaga an NFL-ready OT?

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Is Taliese Fuaga ready to make multiple starts for the New York Jets in 2024?

While the possibility of drafting Brock Bowers or a wide receiver is exciting, the New York Jets’ safest option in the first round might be to take an offensive tackle. Their depth chart at the position needs strengthening while the two starting spots are unfilled beyond the 2024 season.

The question is, which one do they take?

Blewett’s Blitz draft film reviews:

When evaluating tackle prospects, one of the Jets’ primary goals will be to find someone who is capable of stepping right in as a quality backup for Tyron Smith, who is likely to miss games this year. Their current backups are Max Mitchell and Carter Warren, which is not ideal for a team that is trying to pursue a Super Bowl in 2024.

On top of that, the Jets need someone who can develop into a long-term solution at tackle since neither Smith nor Moses is under contract beyond the upcoming season.

Luckily for New York, the 2024 offensive tackle class is considered strong. Five offensive tackles are considered near-locks to be taken in the first round. Of these prospects, the one most commonly linked to the Jets might be Oregon State’s Taliese Fuaga.

If the Jets take Fuaga in the first round, he must be prepared to start multiple games in 2024. Is he up to the task? We find out in the latest Blewett’s Blitz film review.

  • Is Fuaga NFL-ready?
  • Is Fuaga a better fit at tackle or guard in the NFL?
  • Can Fuaga transition to left tackle after playing RT in college?
  • Does Fuaga fit the Jets’ apparent transition to a gap blocking scheme?

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

The FULL, member-only Taliese Fuaga 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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verge tibbs
1 month ago

Not sure if its just my ghetto droid phone but the new embedded video player doesnt turn sideways n fill the screen when enlarged. I can use my laptop, no big deal, just giving a heads up in case other people watch on their phones too.

1 month ago

Another strong review. I like Fuaga. I think he should be a trade down target based on the mobility concerns. Overall I like his game and I think this was a fair review. You can wait to drop McDonald. I think Carter Warren would be good to show fan why we should or shouldn’t grab a young OT to play in front of Warren should someone get hurt.