Michigan’s Aidan Hutchinson, Oregon’s Kayvon Thibodeaux, Florida State’s Jermaine Johnson, Purdue’s George Karlatis and Michigan’s David Ojabo.
The Jets need an edge-rusher and these are some of the top ones in the draft. Here are the thoughts of NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah, a former NFL scout, on these five players:
“I think that Aidan is showing a little bit more explosiveness with his hands-on contact. You see it in flashes with Thibodeaux, but I think overall kind of the theme is that Hutchinson, especially this year when you compare those two guys, just down in, down out, game in, game out, was just more consistent throughout the season. Hutchinson has more ways to get to the quarterback.
“[Johnson’s] taken off from having a really good season and having a great week of practice down there in Mobile at the Senior Bowl. Karlaftis is polarizing. Just about everybody I talk to in the NFL feels like this is a real high-floor player. They had to kick him out of the (Purdue) facility, so he bought an apartment right next to the facility so he could get there all the time and literally he’s just a football junkie. He’s a big-time power rusher who plays extremely hard.
“Then Ojabo (before the injury) is a fascinating one at Michigan who’s just really started to come on on the other side of Hutchinson. He’s got a big-time get-off. He can bend better than Karlaftis. He just needs to be a little stronger, more consistent, and kind of earn more reps to play the run, which he didn’t get a ton of there at Michigan.”
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