A Look at Jets Early Options With 10th Pick in NFL Draft
By beating the New England Patriots in their week 17 matchup in a game that has already been forgotten by millions, the New York Jets will find themselves with tenth pick in the NFL draft. With their most glaring needs being at offensive tackle and a pass catcher to compliment Garrett Wilson, we take a look at some possibilities should the Jets stand pat with their current pick.
Of course a trade down is the optimal choice as the team lacks draft picks and should be looking to add as much capital as possible. However, with the top two passers in the class likely going to the Bears and Patriots, finding a partner to give up a bounty of picks to move up to ten is highly unlikely. So where should the Jets be looking?
TE Brock Bowers, Georgia: Fans who are unfamiliar with what Bowers brings to the table won’t like the idea of Bowers. But for those who have been tracking him in college over the past few seasons, he would make perfect sense. Forget the fact that he’s listed as a tight end and look at what he brings. As an elite pass catcher who can win inside or outside while offering borderline offensive lineman caliber blocking, Bowers would be just what the Jets need. He would give Gang Green a legitimate pass catcher to pair with Garrett Wilson while also improving the team’s blocking up front.
The @nyjets better pray to the football gods that Brock Bowers falls to them on draft day. I personally don't see it happening, but some have said he may be in the 9-12 range. pic.twitter.com/iLDlXQLybC
— Glenn Naughton (@JNRadio_Glenn) December 25, 2023
OT JC Latham, Alabama: With the tenth pick the Jets are also out of the running for the two best tackles in the class in Notre Dame’s Joe Alt and Penn State’s Olu Fashanu who many project as top six picks in the NFL draft. This would mean Latham is in play but you have to wonder if Joe Douglas would be scared off by another 360 pound lineman after the team’s luck with Mekhi Becton.
WR Rome Odunze, Washington: Ask enough draft prognosticators and you’re bound to hear several different names for the second best receiver in this class. Marvin Harrison Jr. is the clear number 1 but Odunze will come up on some lists as the next best receiver in the group. A big target at 6′ 3” 215, Odunze runs like a much smaller receiver and makes big plays after the catch. Would give the Jets a high end receiver opposite Garrett Wilson and currently projected to the Jets by SI.com.
WR Keon Coleman, Florida State: Another electric receiver who flashes great hands and run after catch ability. Coleman played just one season at FSU after transferring from Michigan State and all he did was find the end zone eleven times on 50 receptions and 658 yards.
OT Taliese Fuaga, Oregon State: The Oregon State product is currently projected as a mid first-rounder which would make him a bit of reach at 10, but don’t be surprised if he ends up in the conversation as a top 10 pick in the coming months.
If the @nyjets end up trading down in the first round, they should make sure they don't drop too far to lose out on a shot at @beaverfootball OT Taliese Fuaga. Nasty tone setter in the trenches. pic.twitter.com/NigKDnaAwx
— Glenn Naughton (@JetsPicks) December 8, 2023
Fuaga is a nasty tone-setter in the run game and does a better job in pass pro than many seem to realized. A solid tackle in a deep class, Fuaga is one of several tackles the Jets should show interest when the NFL draft rolls around.