Jets general manager Joe Douglas attacked this position in free agency … and he still has more work to do. That is just how dismal the Jets’ offensive line situation became last year.

Mike Maccagnan, Douglas’ predecessor, largely ignored the position in the draft and the Jets are paying for years of neglect. They have not drafted an offensive lineman in the first two rounds since Vlad Ducasse in 2010 and have not taken one in the first round since 2006, when they took D’Brickashaw Ferguson and Nick Mangold.

Tackle is crying out to be fixed. The Jets signed George Fant in free agency, and he and Chuma Edoga are penciled in as starters right now. If the Jets take a tackle in the first round, that player might take over at left tackle and Fant and Edoga can compete for the right side.

There are four tackles considered above the others in this draft class — Louisville’s Mekhi Becton, Alabama’s Jedrick Wills Jr., Iowa’s Tristan Wirfs and Georgia’s Andrew Thomas. The question for the Jets is: Will any of them be available when they pick at No. 11? If three of them are gone, how does the fourth stack up on their board against the top wide receiver or cornerback?

The likelihood is that at least one of the tackles will be there for Douglas at No. 11 and he will probably take that player.

If Douglas passes on a tackle at 11, there is a drop-off at the position in the next few rounds. USC’s Austin Jackson is a possibility and Connecticut’s Matt Peart could be taken.

The Jets signed Connor McGovern, Alex Lewis and Greg Van Roten in free agency, but they still need help in the interior. There are a number of good centers who should be available on Day 2 of the draft. Wisconsin’s Tyler Biadasz, LSU’s Lloyd Cushenberry III, Michigan’s Cesar Ruiz and Temple’s Matt Hennessy all fill the bill.

Douglas wants to get as many talented linemen in the building as possible and then the coaches can sort out who plays where.

It would be a surprise if the Jets did not come out of this draft without at least two offensive lineman, including one they can pencil in as a starter immediately.

Source: nypost.com/feed