Several Potential Jets Draft Targets Open Plenty of Eyes in Indy
The NFL combine wrapped up what was an electric event and it seemed just about every day had multiple players posting eye-popping numbers. Whether it was a blistering 40 time, jumping out of the gym on the vert, there were plenty of impressive performers. Who are some potential Jets targets who boosted their stock?
CB Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner, Cincinnati:
Already viewed as a possibility for the Jets with the 10th overall pick, the Jets may have to strike sooner after Gardner’s performance in Indy. Gardner famously went his entire collegiate career without giving up a touchdown, and his excellent length, height and speed make him a player who is almost certain to be gone by the time the Jets are on the board with the 10th pick.
Edge Travon Walker, Georgia:
The 6′ 5” 272 lb Walker was a force for the National Champion Georgia Bulldogs. A dominant player on film whose versatility is sure to appeal to Robert Saleh, Walker’s production may not mirror what you’d want to see from a top 10 pick, but there’s good reason for that. Playing on a defense that is loaded with first-round defensive talent, few Georgia opponents sustained long drives and Walker was competing with several other elite defenders to get to the ball carrier. On a lesser team, Walker’s numbers would have likely been through the roof.
Watch the pulling center's head snap back when he gets jolted by Georiga DL Travon Walker as walker leads the charge for the TFL. pic.twitter.com/4KNzIWTRg0
— Glenn Naughton (@AceFan23) March 2, 2022
Both on film and in Indy Walker displayed off-the-charts combo if size, speed, power and quickness while playing both inside and out. The only question now is whether or not he’ll be there when the Jets are on the clock as some are asking if he could land with the Detroit Lions with pick number two.
WR Garrett Wilson, Ohio State:
Jets GM Joe Douglas has spoken in the past about the importance of speed and building around Zach Wilson, both things Garrett Wilson brings to the table. Considered by many to be the top receiver in this class outside of the injured Jameson Williams, Wilson blazed a sub 4.4 40 and his game film speaks for itself, posting over 1,700 yards over his past 19 games.
TE Greg Dulcich, UCLA:
In a deep tight end class the Jets should be looking to grab one early on and while Dulcich may have been a mid to late-round option just a few weeks ago, he’s now climbing draft boards and confirmed at the combine what we’ve seen on game day. Dulcich graded out just a notch below “elite” according to the folks at RAS football at 7.82. A versatile piece who can win with explosiveness and strength, Dulcich is now being called the top tight end in the class by NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah.
Joe Douglas whiffed by not taking multiple WR's in the 2020 draft. He shouldn't make the same mistake with TE's in 2022. Very deep class and the @nyjets have no TE's to speak of. Trey McBride early w/plenty of options later in the draft. UCLA's Greg Dulcich should be in play. pic.twitter.com/CTmkGHqsHs
— Glenn Naughton (@AceFan23) February 2, 2022
TE Jelani Woods, Virginia:
With no viable options at tight end and an incredibly deep class, the Jets should consider double-dipping at the position. Should they do that, Virginia tight end Jealni Woods showed in Indy this week that he’s more than just a battering ram at 6′ 9” but can also get moving if he has the space to run. His 4.61 40 time was the fastest time for a player listed at 6′ 7” or higher since 2003.
Not as polished as some of the other tight ends in this class, but if you want a day 3 developmental player then Jelani Woods out of Virginia could be an option. Listed at 6' 5'' he's a huge target and tough to bring down. pic.twitter.com/JffmDbFNyF
— Glenn Naughton (@AceFan23) February 24, 2022
CB Tariq Woolen, UTSA:
A small school product out of the University of Texas at San Antonio, Tariq Woolen glides on film, making his elite high-end speed look effortless. The fastest player clocked at the Senior Bowl, Woolen followed that up with a 4.26 40 to go along with a 42” vertical shows just how explosive he can be.
Woolen got beaten badly on a deep ball early in this game before bouncing back and turning in a solid performance. https://t.co/rI7UBQZl5s pic.twitter.com/etzWOAEffs
— Glenn Naughton (@AceFan23) February 2, 2022
LB Troy Anderson, Montana State:
The may not be a more interesting player in this class. Anderson spent time at halfback and quarterback in college before thriving at linebacker as he consistently put some elite physical traits on display. On film, Anderson looked like the fastest guy on the field more often than not. Playing low level competition may have helped him look faster than he actually is, but the combine confirmed what many suspected…Anderson can fly. He topped all linebackers with a 4.41 40 at 6′ 3” 243. In need of linebacker help, Anderson would be a welcome addition to the Jets huddle.
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