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Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Should Jets concentrate on O-line?


Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

The positions most talked about for the New York Jets are quarterback and receiver. Some wonder if they might take running back Knowshon Moreno or tight end Brandon Pettigrew with the 17th pick.

In ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay's ambitious seven-round mock draft, he has the Jets going quarterback (first round), receiver (second round), running back (third round), tight end (fourth round), tackle (sixth round) and guard (seventh round).

Should offensive line be more of a priority?

The Jets return all five starters, including Pro Bowl center Nick Mangold and perennial Honolulu visitor Alan Faneca, their left guard. But Faneca and right tackle Damien Woody are getting up in years. Before the end of the season, Faneca will turn 33 and Woody will turn 32.

The Jets also might want to take a hard look at left tackle D'Brickashaw Ferguson. He was the fourth overall pick in 2006 and has started all 48 of his NFL games, but ESPN Stats & Information notes the Jets struggled last year when running behind him.

Here are the NFL's fewest yards per rush attempt behind left tackle last year:

Only Miami made the playoffs. Brown, Collins and Long were rookies. Collins started the last six games in place of the injured Jones.

Jets coach Rex Ryan has declared he wants the Jets to run an all-weather offense behind their intact line and with their Pro Bowl running backs. Ferguson looks like the weak link.