NY Jets: 4 unconventional players to target with pick No. 23

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2. NY Jets draft target: Azeez Ojulari, EDGE, Georgia

Georgia’s Azeez Ojulari is widely considered to be one of the best pass-rushers in this year’s class with some even projecting him as the best. And it’s easy to see why.

Ojulari led his team in sacks in both his freshman and sophomore seasons racking up a whopping 8.5 sacks, 12.5 tackles for loss, and four forced fumbles in just 10 games in 2020. All three figures were good for best in the entire SEC.

At 6-foot-2, 249 pounds, Ojulari lacks ideal size for the position and primarily played a stand-up edge rusher role at Georgia. Nonetheless, he makes up for it with his elite first-step quickness, powerful hands, and developing pass-rush arsenal.

The Jets will likely be looking for more prototypical hand-in-the-dirt defensive ends, but if Ojulari falls to them at 23, they might have a hard time passing.

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His athleticism and burst give him the potential to develop into an All-Pro by his third year in the league and at just 20-years-old (he turns 21 in June), the sky is truly the limit.

The Jets already bolstered their pass-rush this offseason signing star defensive end Carl Lawson to a three-year, $45 million contract. They also added veteran Vinny Curry and former first-round defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins.

The defensive line rotation is already stout, but they could use another edge rusher, especially if the plan is to keep John Franklin-Myers as an interior rusher.

Ojulari isn’t someone the Jets are likely targeting, but plans could change if he’s still on the board at 23.

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