The NFL world descends upon Indianapolis this week for the annual Underwear Olympics in the run-up to the 2018 draft. The league's Scouting Combine has morphed into a grand spectacle, but it will provide teams with valuable time to poke, prod and learn more about future potential investments.

The Jets, winners of 10 games in the past two seasons, have a litany of deficiencies that must be addressed in this pivotal season for the current regime. It'll be like Heaven on Earth for general manager Mike Maccagnan, whose scouting chops will be put to the test in the most critical draft of his career.

Let's put aside the quarterback prospects for now. Here are five other intriguing players that could help the Jets during the next phase of their rebuilding project.


Reeling in prized free agent Kirk Cousins won't mean a damn thing if he isn't adequately protected. Nelson, arguably the best non-quarterback prospect in this draft, is a 6-5, 331-pound ball of nasty. Interior offensive linemen aren't sexy picks, but Nelson has the skillset to be an anchor for the next decade. Nelson is the best guard prospect in memory. You think fellow Golden Domer Zack Martin is good? Well, this kid is projected to be even better. I can see new offensive line coach/run game coordinator Rick Dennison salivating right now at the possibility of getting this player. I'm not putting Nelson in Canton yet... but I'm tempted.