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Ex-Jets Scout Advises New York to Draft Ohio State’s Nicholas Petit-Frere

This former Jets scout thinks Ohio State tackle Nicholas Petit-Frere would be a great addition for New York in next month's draft.

Last season the Jets’ gave up the fourth-most sacks in the NFL, and they need to get that corrected, if they want to keep quarterback Zach Wilson standing.

Could Ohio State’s left tackle Nicholas Petit-Frere help to keep Wilson’s jersey cleaner?


With all the press being given to Alabama’s Evan Neal and Mississippi’s Charles Cross, Petit-Frere’s name has gotten lost in the mainstream narratives. However, as someone who was hired to work on Bill Parcells’ staff, I have Petit-Frere on my board above Neal and Cross.

Outside of N.C. State’s Ikem Ekwonu, I would take Petit-Frere.


Because he has an intense aggression streak that I do not see out of Neal and Cross. I am not crazy about the lateral footwork of Petit-Frere, Neal or Cross, but outside of that, Petit-Frere is the third most aggressive offensive lineman I have seen in this draft class, outside of Ekwonu and Texas A&M’s guard, Kenyon Green.

I love aggression.

I love desire.

I love guys who show they can and want to finish blocks.

Petit-Frere gets after it. He is a punishing blocker. For what he lacks in outright elite lateral foot speed, he compensates with outstanding effort. Said another way, he shows he wants to win.

He is also a dominant run blocker, who becomes even more aggressive as the game goes on (Purdue).

In the documented three game study, I did not write down any negative run blocking notes for Petit-Frere. I consider myself the hardest grader out there, so for me, not to find negatives is as rare as winning the Powerball.

With Jets’ left tackle Mekhi Becton being a 363-pound wildcard who was only able to start one game in 2021, left tackle has got to be a high priority on New York’s draft board.

As should right tackle with the departure of Morgan Moses, who the Jets lost in free agency to the Baltimore Ravens.

Interesting enough, Petit-Frere showed he can also swing over to right tackle in the Michigan game, and he looked good doing it.

Ohio State OT Nicholas Petit-Frere blocks pass rush
Ohio State OT Nicholas Petit-Frere blocking
Ohio State OT Nicholas Petit-Frere blocking on offensive line


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