Darian Kinnard is one of the 2022 NFL Draft’s best-kept secrets
Looking at the Jets’ depth chart at offensive tackle, if nothing changes, New York could be in serious trouble.
Could Kentucky right tackle Darian Kinnard help the Jets?
Kinnard is one of the most underrated prospects in the upcoming draft, and he has the best feet of any offensive tackle in the entire draft class.
Why don’t we hear about him anymore?
This is because Kinnard is playing RT and not the coveted LT position.
New York currently holds the No. 35 and No. 38 second-round picks. However, if the Jets pass over Kinnard with those picks, there’s no way RT-hungry teams like the Seahawks, Giants or Commanders will pass him by.
Back to the Jets for a moment, have you seen their offensive tackle depth chart?
At left tackle, Mekhi Becton is listed as a starter. Becton looks like a bust and has huge question marks around him.
At right tackle, George Fant (53 starts) is cited as the holder. Fant is an undrafted free agent playing on his second team.
If the Jets don’t do something quick to cement those two positions, quarterback Zach Wilson will be a punching bag for the rest of the league this season.
Behind those two are five more offensive tackles on the Jets’ depth chart who have a total of 18 starts. These are all mostly late round picks or undrafted free agents (RT Isaiah Williams, RT Greg Senat, LT Connor McDermott and LT Grant Hermann).
Chuma Edoga (Fant’s backup) was a third-round pick from New England and has 12 career starts.
The Jets losing RT Morgan Moses in free agency to Baltimore didn’t help. Moses is an experienced veteran who has started 16 games for New York in 2021.
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