Jets NFL Mock Draft 2.0: Senior Bowl Update
The Senior Bowl is the perfect time for New York Jets fans to gauge the strength of a draft class ahead of Combine and Pro Day practices.
In 2022, the Jets used four of their seven first-round picks on invitees to the Senior Bowl, which was one of the strongest draft classes in recent memory. Two rookie of the year finalists, several key players and plenty of potential have left New York in prime condition to improve the roster in 2023.
As always, exchanges are an important part of the fictional draft process. In our first version, the Jets were traded for Lamar Jackson. Although we won’t get that far this time, New York is still able to get a veteran quarterback and have all of their draft picks for this release.
New York Jets Draft Capital Round 1, Pick 13 global Round 2, Pick 43 global Round 3, Pick 74 global Round 4, Pick 109 global Round 5, Pick 140 global Round 6, Pick 171 global
*Signing* The Jets signed Derek Carr in the offseason
Paying off Derek Carr when the Raiders inevitably cut him is the easiest way to keep your draft capital while improving the quarterback position. Carr would be an awesome pickup for New York if he chose to come here.
Round 1, pick 13 overall – Peter Skoronski – OT, Northwestern
With Derek Carr now in New York, protecting him will be of utmost importance. The Jets have enough talented receivers to get the most out of the Pro Bowl quarterback, but they need depth and tackle skill. Skoronski is one of the best tackles in the draft this year and led the nation in pass block rankings by Pro Football Focus. He’s a perfect choice for the Jets as they try to emulate the Eagles in building their team inside and out.
Round 2, pick 43 overall – Demarvion Overshown – LB, Texas
The Jets need to make a decision at linebacker this offseason. If they bring Quincy Williams and Kwon Alexander back, they won’t be taking a linebacker that early. However, I think it’s safe to say only one will be back with the cap implications of paying a quarterback and top defensive tackle like the Jets will. Overshown is a monster athlete and a solid second-round pick who could replace whoever ends up going to New York.
Round 3, pick 74 overall – Jartavius Martin – S, Illinois
New York has a lot of holes to fill in all areas due to free agency, but Martin is a player they can’t pass up due to depth. The Illinois defense was awesome in 2022 and a big part of that was the combination of Witherspoon and Martin. Witherspoon goes in the first round but Martin falling in the third is a perfect place for the Jets to bolster their already loaded secondary.
Round 4, Pick 109 overall – Matthew Bergeron – OL, Syracuse
Bergeron could easily go earlier, but there are always a few players dropping out of the draft for no apparent reason. The Syracuse tackle has positional flexibility to go play guard if the Jets need it. I doubt Joe Douglas would let guys like Nate Herbig walk, but depth is a major issue in the Jets right now.
Round 5, Pick 140 Overall – Jalen Redmond – DT, Oklahoma
Depth. Depth. Depth. The Jets have several free agents along the defensive line and most won’t be back until 2023. Getting deep plays behind a player like Quinnen Williams will be of major importance to the team. Redmond has a pretty good size and should immediately compete for a spot on the roster.
Round 6, Pick 171 Overall – Cody Mauch – OG, NDSU
Senior bowling darling, Cody Mauch was brilliant in both run and pass protection. He could definitely go higher than the sixth round but I think this spot is perfect for him and New York. With proper training, the Jets could be looking at a steal and a starter on day one. Couple that with big wardrobe personality and New York will love its latest pick as trench coats restock.
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