The 2024 NFL Draft is the first step for the Jets to right the ship this offseason after a disappointing 2023 campaign.
General manager Joe Douglas will look to bolster his team around quarterback Aaron Rodgers and help Gang Green make the postseason for the first time since 2010. But how will Douglas, entering his fifth season with the Jets, do that? Will he look to build the offensive line or get Rodgers more weapons to throw to?
With the 10th overall pick in this year's draft, the Jets will have an opportunity to pick a difference-maker. Here's who the experts believe the Jets will select in their latest mock drafts...
I love Fuaga’s tape from his career at Oregon State. I think we’ll see him move up draft boards during the evaluation process. He’s massive and powerful. New York's offensive line is screaming out for more help as the Jets look to protect Aaron Rodgers.
OT Taliese Fuaga (Oregon State)
The Jets’ offseason mission is very clear: upgrade at both wide receiver and all across the offensive line. They will most likely do the former through a trade or free agency, leaving the latter as a huge mission in this year’s draft. They’d love if Joe Alt or Olu Fashanu made it to this pick, but that’s not likely as it stands right now. Don’t overlook Fuaga, who had a monster year at right tackle for Oregon State. He’s a mauler in the run game and shows tremendous strength against power in pass protection.
OT Olu Fashanu (Penn State)
Though his run blocking is a work in progress, Fashanu already offers pro-level pass protection because of his body control, light feet and ability to sit down versus power. His intelligence and A-plus character are the cherries on top.
OT Olu Fashanu (Penn State)
New York’s offense needs some pieces to help Aaron Rodgers and the returning skill position players, but protecting their quarterback remains a high priority. Olu Fashanu has his best football ahead of him still, and that potential will make him a first-round pick. He brings good athleticism to the Jets, and that will help him challenge for a starting spot. His presence also, at worst, gives this team more depth on the line, something they’ve struggled with when the injury bug hit them.
WR Malik Nabers (LSU)
The Jets would love an offensive lineman here, but with the top 3 already off the board, they take WR2, who is more like WR1.5; Nabers was electric for LSU in 2023, and he will give Garrett Wilson some much-needed help in New York.
WR Brian Thomas Jr. (LSU)
Adding more receiving talent is imperative for the Jets, both to maximize their fleeting window with Aaron Rodgers and prepare for an eventual QB succession. At 6’4″, 205 pounds, Brian Thomas Jr. has the versatility to play the slot or the boundary alongside Garrett Wilson, and he’s a true stack specialist with blazing speed and rare tracking ability.
TE Brock Bowers (Georgia)
The Jets could also think about offensive line help given that was a major issue for their non-Aaron Rodgers quarterbacks. Then again, Rodgers seems to have some control of what they do and should see Bowers is a special mismatch-creating weapon who would play perfectly off Garrett Wilson downfield and Breece Hall out of the backfield.