A right tackle on the Jets radar

There is no question the Jets could use a massive, athletic, roadgrading right tackle, and one particular prospect is definitely on their radar, for obvious reasons.

Nebraska senior tackle Carl Nicks could be just what the Jets are looking for.

And no team in the NFL will have a better scouting report on Nicks than the Jets.


They just hired the man who recruited him to Nebraska - Bill Callahan.

Callahan, the Jets new assistant head coach, is an offensive line guru. That is why the Jets added him.

It's no secret the Jets offensive line was very inconsistent in 2007. Callahan, a brilliant offensive line coach, was hired to rectify this problem.

But it's going to take more than just great coaching to turn this unit around. They need an influx of new talent.

Nicks is shooting up draft boards because of his amazing athletic ability and feet for a 6-5, 345-pounder.

Nicks' agent, Brian Mackler, got some great insight on Nicks from another Cornhusker he represents, LB Jay Moore, now with the San Francisco 49ers.

"There's this tackle there that I went against all the time, and for a guy his size he moves like a tight end," Moore told Mackler.

Mackler has had Nicks, a California-native, training at the Parisi Speed School in New Jersey.

"[The Parisi people] have worked with 120 of my guys who have been drafted, and they've never seen a guy like that," said Mackler. "What they like about him is to find a guy who's 6-5, 350 pounds with no body fat, who runs around and is athletic like a linebacker. He's a freak, to be candid with you. Guys that big don't move like that."

While Nicks is a great athlete, he's still very raw as offensive lineman. He was a JUCO transfer who started just one year at Nebraska. So this could make him availabe in perhaps the second or third round for the Jets.

He could fill their right tackle hole for the next decade.

Especially being coached by Callahan, who knows a great deal about him.

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