3 offensive line prospects the Jets should try to trade up for in NFL Draft

Dec 1, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; Georgia Bulldogs offensive lineman Solomon Kindley (66) and offensive lineman Andrew Thomas (71) blocks against Alabama Crimson Tide defensive lineman Isaiah Buggs (49) and others in the SEC championship game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

Entering this offseason, the number one priority for the New York Jets was to shore up their horrendous offensive line. During free agency, general manager Joe Douglas went after several offensive lineman, ultimately signing five total.

Greg Van Roten, Connor McGovern, George Fant, Alex Lewis and Josh Andrews were all brought in to help reshape the Jets o-line. Even with all these signings, the Jets are still expected to draft another lineman with their 11th overall selection in this year’s draft.

That may seem like overkill, but that’s how dire the Jets offensive line situation is. They allowed the fourth most sacks of any team last season and had trouble opening up holes for All Pro running back Le’Veon Bell as well.

New York’s biggest need along the line is at tackle. Fant figures to slide in as the starter on the left side, but as of right now, the right tackle situation is pretty bleak. Chuma Edoga was their starter for most of last season, but he finished the year on the bench. He recorded a Pro Football Focus grade of 48.9, ranking him as the 79th best tackle in football.

Getting one of the better tackles in this draft may require the team trading up into the top-8 of the first round, which shouldn’t be difficult if they use their 11th overall pick and one of their two third rounders as trade bait.

Here are three tackles who would be worth moving up to snag.