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By: Billy Riccette
Every draft, teams try to find that one player that can really change the trajectory of their franchise. That one player that fits almost perfectly, especially in the first round, because those picks can truly make or break a franchise.
Bleacher Report’s Alex Ballentine recently tried finding the ideal first-round pick for each team. Not surprisingly, an offensive lineman was the call for the Jets. That player is Northwestern offensive lineman Peter Skoronski.
“The New York Jets have a lot of questions along the offensive line.
Peter Skoronski can provide answers to many of them.
According to Rich Cimini of ESPN, ‘all signs’ are that Mekhi Becton will return for training camp. He has missed all but one game over the last two seasons with knee injuries. Cimini reported he has lost more than 40 pounds and could return to left tackle.
Alijah Vera-Tucker has been a versatile asset on the line but suffered a triceps injury that ended his season early in 2022. Laken Tomlinson was a disappointment in his first season with New York. He posted a 75.9 grade in his final year with the San Francisco 49ers but graded out at 56.8 by PFF in 2022.
Max Mitchell was pushed into the lineup at right tackle last season, but he landed on the non-football injury list because of a hereditary blood clotting condition.
So, the Jets could be looking for a starter at left tackle, right tackle or either guard spot.
Skoronski is the rare prospect who could play any of those spots.
The 6’4″, 313-pounder doesn’t have the ideal length for a tackle, but he held up just fine there in college. A move inside could yield an All-Pro career.
In short, he’s the kind of talented player who would give the Jets a huge boost regardless of his position.”
There are still some that question if Skoronski can play tackle in the NFL and feel he is better suited at guard due to his length. That’s all great for the Jets because they can use help at both positions, so the flexibility Skoronski could give New York would be very valuable. The biggest questions are will Skoronski even be on the board at No. 13 or would the Jets consider trading up for him? It will be very interesting if Skoronski is still available as we get closer to the Jets’ pick.
Originally posted on Jets Wire