New York Jets Mock Draft Roundup 2.0
Throughout the year and leading up to the 2023 NFL Draft, we will update our New York Jets Mock Draft Roundup showing picks for the New York Jets from several prominent sites and draft analysts.
The following are picks in recent mock drafts for the Jets:
CBS Sports - Wilson (9/7)
5. Kelee Ringo, CB, Georgia
The Jets used one of their first-round picks on Sauce Gardner, who won a starting job as a rookie. It's hard not to get excited about the possibility of pairing him with Ringo, arguably the best cornerback in this class.
The Draft Network - Crabbs (9/5)
9. Kelee Ringo, CB, Georgia
The Jets adding Kelee Ringo one year after adding Ahmad "Sauce" Gardner is the same spirit as the Lions drafting Murphy a year after Hutchinson. Gardner and DJ Reed are a fine cornerback duo, but Ringo's skill set paired with Gardner's outside frees Reed up to play inside, where his stature and play can be more dynamic. And that, my friends, is creating a winning edge. The athleticism and size of the perimeter players in Gardner and Ringo are hard to overlook.
Sporting News - Iyer (9/3)
9. Isaiah Foskey, EDGE, Notre Dame
The Jets have done well to revamp their secondary for Robert Saleh and do have Quinnen Williams up front, they are still in need of a Nick Bosa-like pass-rushing leader for the defense. Foskey should take a big step in 2022 to look like he can fit that role.
SI - Hanson (8/31)
3. Jalen Carter, IDL, Georgia
The Georgia defense featured five first-round picks last year, including two defensive tackles, but Carter was the most talented player on that historic defense. Stout against the run and disruptive as an interior pass rusher, Carter is light on his feet for a 310-pounder with the explosive movements, body control and powerful hands to make plays behind, and up and down, the line of scrimmage.
The Athletic - Baumgardner/Tice (8/31)
1. Will Anderson, EDGE, Alabama
Obviously, Jets coach Robert Saleh would rather not be picking No. 1 overall after his second season in New York. But Anderson would be a fine anesthetic. The Jets have added premium talent on both sides of the ball over the last two draft cycles, including two first-round defenders this spring: Ahmad Gardner and Jermaine Johnson. Johnson is likely going to be more valuable in the NFL versus the run than as a pass rusher, though it appears New York's plan with him is to take things slowly. Gardner, meanwhile, looks incredibly comfortable already.
If Saleh can pair his possible star corner with Anderson, a legit star playmaker in the front seven, then the Jets shouldn't be picking in the top five come 2024.
The Draft Network - Weissman (8/29)
9. Jaelyn Duncan, OT, Maryland
New York has been hit hard with the injury bug this preseason and, unfortunately, they lost one of their starting tackles Mekhi Becton to a (likely) season-long injury. While Becton is still a young player, his inability to remain healthy has to give the Jets some hesitancy when it comes to committing to him long-term. The team buys themselves some insurance with the selection of Jaelyn Duncan, a talented pass protector with very good feet and a firm anchor.
Pro Football Network - Fragozza (8/27)
6. Peter Skoronski, OT, Northwestern
With another season-ending injury, the Jets may be done with Mekhi Becton. Duane Brown can still play, but at 37 years old, the question is for how long? George Fant will be a free agent next offseason, so yeah, New York needs reinforcements at OT.
Peter Skoronski‘s high floor makes him one of the safest picks in the draft. He's consistent in his technique and overall play, offering an easy transition from Rashawn Slater for Northwestern as a true freshman. Now, 6'4" and 295 pounds without elite length leaves much to be desired. But Skoronski can add to his build prior to April and should quell concerns this season.
ESPN - Reid (8/25)
1. Will Anderson, EDGE, Alabama
General manager Joe Douglas has set the franchise up nicely for the future, and the Jets are hoping to take another step forward this season -- but they land the No. 1 pick in ESPN's FPI projections. Will there be turnover at key positions -- including perhaps quarterback -- if this is the scenario? Either way, I think New York would simply take the best player in the draft, and that's Anderson. Adding him to Carl Lawson and Jermaine Johnson gives the Jets a ferocious group off the edge. Anderson led the FBS with 17.5 sacks, 34.5 tackles for loss and 79 pressures last season.
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