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The draft is inching closer and closer and the need for a premium offensive lineman stands out as the Jets are on the clock at pick #13. We all know Joe Douglas too well and know that he would never reach for any draft pick in the first round. Check out our New York Jets Mock Draft 2.0 as we precinct who the Jets will draft on April 27, 2023
(Pick 13 & 143) To Detroit Lions (Value Given 1184.5)
(Pick 18 & 81) To Jets (Value Given 1085)
Round 1 (Pick 18): Darnell Wright
(Right Tackle, Tennessee) Senior 6’5” 333 lbs.
Wright, started 42 games over his four-year career at Tennessee. He is known for being a versatile offensive lineman who played 27 games at right tackle, 13 games at left tackle, and 2 games at right guard. Wright shined at the senior bowl and posted great combine numbers. He is projected to be a starting right tackle in the NFL for the next decade. The Jets have had a rotation of offensive linemen whether it’s due to ability or availability the fact remains the Jets will be attempting to solidify the right side of their offensive line for years to come.
- Overpowering Run blocker
- Great anchor when set
- Ability to get to next level block
- Can play both tackle positions
- Projected 10-year starter at the NFL level
- Dominated at the Senior Bowl
- Needs to improve pass blocking ability
- Can get high with pad level
- Can play left tackle, but projects to be a way better right tackle
- Tight lower half
Wright, is rated as Chris Simms’ #1 offensive linemen in the draft. He loves his footwork and power that he displayed throughout his college career. Simms said, “There are two things I love about Darnell Wright; you’re not going to win the power rush against him.” “Even when he loses, he wins.” He went on to say that he “Loves his anchor and out of all the tackles he loves the power and ability to dig out linemen in the run game.”
At the end of the day pairing Wright next to Alijah Vera-Tucker could be a recipe for success for the New York Jets. They would have potentially three elite run blockers on this offensive line (If Mekhi Becton returns healthy), which could easily turn into four if Laken Tomlinson returns to form in 2023. If the Jets pull off his trade back and still get their man, it’s an absolute home run.
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Round 2 (Pick 42): Bryan Bresee
(Defensive Tackle, Clemson) Junior 6’5” ½ 298 lbs.
The next pick in this New York Jets Mock Draft is Bryan Bresee. Bresee, was the nation’s top recruit coming out of high school in 2020. He was a two-time first-team USA Today All-American, earned second-team All-ACC in 2022, and recorded 15 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, and 3.5 sacks. Known for being a super athlete, Clemson relied on him in all different situations. He projects to be an immediate starter at the NFL level.
- Took on double teams on a consistent basis in college.
- 22 bench press reps at the NFL combine
- Elite ability to push the pile
- Plays smart with his hands
- Large build and athletic
- Suffered ACL tear in 2021 and has shoulder surgery in 2022
- Needs to work on pass-rush moves
- Loses gap leverage at times
- Hips can be stiff at times.
Bresee, should be able to start on any team that drafts him right away. He projects to improve as he gains experience at the NFL level. He fills a need that the New York Jets have at this time and will easily slide into the DT2 position next to Quinnen Williams.
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Round 2 (Pick 43 – Traded for Aaron Rodgers)
Round 3 (Pick 81): Trenton Simpson
(Linebacker, Clemson) Junior 6’2” 235 lbs.
The third player choosen in this New York Jets Mock Draft is Trenton Simpson. Simpson, was a top-20 overall recruit coming out of high school. Known for his super athletic ability and sideline-to-sideline speed. He was third-team All-ACC in 2022. He recorded 72 tackles, 4 for loss, and 2.5 sacks. Additionally, he recorded 2 forced fumbles and 3 pass breakups.
- Good ability to diagnose plays pre-snap.
- Can play any linebacker position
- Good stack-and-shed ability.
- Elite read and react skills
- Explosive edge blitzer
- Easily taken away in the wash
- Needs to improve pursuit angels
- Needs to improve coverage abilities
Simpson, has elite speed for a linebacker and hits the line of scrimmage hard. He projects to be an above-average man-to-man coverage defender. Simpson is a violent wrap-up tackler and knows when to go for the big hit. He needs to improve his block-shedding ability at the next level. Ran a 4.43 40-yard dash at the NFL combine. He fills a need for the Jets at the linebacker position and projects to be a long-time impact player.
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Round 4 (Pick 112): Ji’Ayir Brown
(Safety, Penn State) Junior 5’11” 203 lbs.
Brown, was a former first-team All-State performer coming out of high school. He initially played at Lackawanna College, where he earned first-team All-American honors in his sophomore year. Brown really broke out in 2021 at Penn State, when he achieved third-team All-Big Ten. He had six interceptions and 72 tackles that year in 13 starts and did not disappoint in 2022 as he earned Team MVP in 2022. Brown was named to the third-team All-Big Ten. He recorded 74 tackles. (7 tackles for loss with 4.5 sacks) and 4 interceptions in 13 starts. He earned defensive MVP at the Rose Bowl as he recorded 8 tackles including 1.5 sacks.
- Had 10 interceptions over 26 starts in the Big-Ten
- Great at finding the hole when blitzing
- Does not shy away from run support
- Great ability to read The QB’s eyes
- Can play nickel corner and safety.
- Ability to play center field
- Pure leadership ability
- High energy player
- Does not have elite speed (4.65 40-yard dash NFL combine)
- Needs to develop his tackling technique
- Gambles to much
Brown, would be a day-two steal for the Jets, who have lacked a legitimate free safety for some time. He shows an elite instinct in play recognition. If drafted he would compete for a chance to start right away in 2023.
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Round 6 (Pick 207): Jeremiah Martin
(Edge Rusher, Washington) Senior 6’4” 260 lbs.
The last in our New York Jets Mock Draft is Jeremiah Martin. Martin, a former four-star recruit initially played at Texas A&M before transferring to Washington prior to the 2021 season. Scouts like his size and arm length. Martin finished the 2022 campaign with 8.5 sacks and is an ascending player.
- Ideal size for an edge rusher in a 4-3 system
- Excels at pushing tackles into the backfield.
- Has gotten better year after year
- Maintains good pad level
- Project player that project to be a backup edge rusher
- Does not have a pass rush move outside of a bull rush
- Will likely not get much playing time in his first year
Martin, is a project defensive end with potential upside. He may play special teams in his first year and if able to develop a legitimate pass rush move, could become a rotation player in his second year. He may get snaps in goal-line situations as he is known for his power.