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New York Jets 2014 NFL Draft Profiles: Linebackers and Offensive Line

May 5th, 2014 at 11:55 AM
By Peter Schifani

In this final part of our 2014 NFL Draft player preview series we focus in on two positions that the New York Jets still have needs within, but are not as critical as those we have already profiled. With Calvin Pace aging on the outside and several reserve offensive lineman still not meeting there potential these players could add depth to the club.

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Outside Linebackers

2nd Round

Jeremiah Attaochu (Georgia Tech): Six foot, three inches tall, weight: 252 pounds

Attaochu has long arms and a solid athletic build, with good first step quickness and chase skills to make plays in space all over the field. He also can work off blocks very well, plus when playing the run can has solid gap integrity and improvement in his recognition of the play at hand. On the downside however can bite hard on play fakes by offensive players, plus has a fiery temper, but needs to keep control of his intensity on the field.

3rd Round

Jordan Tripp (Montana): Six foot, three inches tall, weight: 234 pounds

Tripp has a solid lower half of his body plus broad shoulders and plays highly instinctive. He also shows quickness of foot in run support to slip past potential blockers and make tackles for loss. Also has good lateral movement and possesses enough strength to shed, plus good vision and ability to recognize coverages properly. On the flipside he can play with a style that has more finesse than the physicality he needs. Also can lose the proper containment responsibilities by staying too long on certain blocks.

7th Round

Derrell Johnson (East Carolina): Six foot, two inches tall, weight: 257 pounds

Johnson does possess an athletic frame with a powerful lower body and solid overall physique. He also has a strong bull rush because of good ability to lower his center of gravity, plus is a physical tackler. Also uses his hands well to disengage from blockers, a closing burst that impresses many, plus nice balance and flexibility to flatten along the edge. On the downside, he plays very slow footed in space, plus slow to feel out coverage as a zone defender and weighed in at the East-West Shrine Game down at 248 pounds which will hurt his chances to be an every play pass rusher.

Offensive Lineman

2nd Round

Cameron Fleming (Stanford): Six foot, five inches tall, weight: 323 pounds (right tackle)

Fleming has a massive, evenly distributed frame with broad shoulders and solidly long arms for pass protection. He also can run block well because he uses those arms to control his opponents properly while keeping his feet moving well and not becoming grounded. Also keeps the pocket clean with his arm length pinning rushers inside. On the flipside he can struggle to keep his balance and while has good strength and power isn't that nasty which would help him against edge rushers and there swim maneuvers.

4th Round

Antonio Richardson (Tennessee): Six foot, six inches tall, weight: 336 pounds (tackle)

Richardson is well proportioned overall with long arms, legs that resemble tree trunks and broadness in his shoulders. He also possesses good power and patience plus balance off the snap when in both pass protection and as a road grader in the run game plus uses the balls of his feet as part of the overall process to ride down pass rushers. On the downside however he needs to make improvements in his technique to be consistent including establishing his base first when in pass protection.

Cyril Richardson (Baylor): Six foot, five inches tall, weight: 329 pounds (left guard)

Richardson is as dominating a drive blocker as they come, with the overall size and strength to engulf defenders. He plays light of foot despite his size and seal well plus spring off to the second level to help spring big runs. Also has a nastiness needed to control rushers plus recovers well when off balance to latch on and drive anyone in front of him. On the flipside, his agility and speed are not at the top level plus not quite a blocker on the perimeter, as in a tackle, despite some experience there in prior years in college.

So this wraps up our five part series looking a key positions that the New York Jets need to draft well to fill properly and round out the roster. With 12 draft choices in the 2014 NFL Draft it;s very likely that many needs can be addressed properly.

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