By Shane Hewitt, Staff Writer
With seemingly not one player on the depth chart able to unseat the worst starting right tackle in the league and very little talent floating around free agency, the 2013 NFL Draft can’t come fast enough for the New York Jets.
Here are a few players the Jets should take a look at to solidify their o-line, and return to being one of the best in the NFL.
Brennan Williams, OT, UNC
My favorite tackle in the draft.
Williams, at 6’6/315 pounds, has played on the right side for most of his career. He is a large but athletic tackle who is a terrific pass blocker while still doing well in the run game.
With a massive wingspan, Williams is able to keep his arms extended and with good leverage, wards off defensive ends.
After arthroscopic knee surgery, Williams missed most of the spring season but has spent all summer rehabbing the knee and getting ready for the upcoming season. Williams is healthy and already back in the starting line.
Side Note: Brent Williams (Brennan’s father) played in the NFL from 1986-1996 with the New England Patriots, Seattle Seahawks and ended his career with the New York Jets.
Matt Summers-Gavin, OT, California
After playing left guard in 19 other games throughout the 2009 and 2010 season, Summers-Gavin made the switch to right tackle last season.
After starting all 13 games protecting the blindside for Zach Maynard, a southpaw quarterback, Summers-Gavin has been quietly moving up the draft boards.
At 6’4/300 pounds, Summers-Gavin has a long, well proportioned body for an offensive tackle that will allow him to remain on the outside in the NFL.
While many believe he would have to stay on the right side, that wouldn’t be a problem for the Jets at all who are looking someone to shore up that right side hole left by Wayne Hunter.
Ricky Wagner, OT, Wisconsin
Wagner, a talented basketball player in high school, has good athleticism and good size. At 6’6/320 pounds he has done a good job adding almost 80 pounds since first coming to Madison.
Wagner is versitle. Spending most of his career at Wisconsin playing right tackle, last season he started all 14 games at left tackle.
Wagner uses his upper body strength and good hands to redirect in the run game. However, Wagner relies on his strength too much at times and needs to improve on his technique.
With an average lateral shuffle, bending at the waist and eyes often spent on the ground, he can be slow to adjust. But with his ability and size, Wagner should be a staple on any offensive line for years to come.