Peter Skoronski

Jets find protectors on both sides of ball in latest Mock Draft

Jets add OL with first 2 picks in Mock Draft

Projecting the New York Jets draft plans for 2023 might seem like an exercise in futility since the team may have a future Hall of Famer filling its biggest need — and prime draft stock surrendered to get him.

But we won’t factor in Aaron Rodgers’ trade compensation in this three-round mock.

(Hey, Jets fans can always dream they’ll keep all three, right?)

Round 1 Pick 13 – OT Peter Skoronski – Northwestern

Despite investing heavily in tackle the past few years, the New York Jets may be in that position yet again. If Skoronski is still on the board, the decision should be easy. It’ll allow the team to shift Vera-Tucker to his natural slot (interior protection suffered without him) and Skoronski projects as a pro-ready prospect.

Round 2 Pick 43 – C John Michael Schmitz – Minnesota

The Jets could go LB here if an off-ball talent slips but Schmitz, the best center in the draft, is a natural scheme fit.  He’s built for zone-blocking and their current center, McGovern, is a Free agent.

Round 3 Pick 74 – DB Christopher Smith – Georgia

Illinois’ Sydney Brown would be a great fit to replace Lamarcus Joyner here. But the Jets would need to luck out or trade up, we think. Fortunately, Smith has great intangibles, too. He’s one of the best true backend players in the 2023 Draft class, zipping from sideline to sideline, while bursting downhill to attack the run game.