The 2023 Senior Bowl has arrived, which means we've officially entered draft season. The 2023 NFL Draft may not be the most highly anticipated in recent years for fans of the NY Jets, but there's always a level of intrigue and mystery surrounding the draft.
The Jets' coaching staff got an up-close-and-personal look at last year's Senior Bowl rosters and ended up drafting a number of players who made a name for themselves in Mobile. The likes of Jermaine Johnson, Max Mitchell, Micheal Clemons, and Jeremy Ruckert all participated in the 2022 Senior Bowl.
Other rookie standouts such as Tariq Woolen, Kenny Pickett, Christian Watson, Alec Pierce, Bernhard Raimann, and Coby Bryant helped improve their stock last year at this time.
Which players in this year's Senior Bowl could join them as future NFL standouts? Let's take a look at 14 Senior Bowl prospects the Jets should be keeping close tabs on.
14. Dontayvion Wicks, WR, Virginia
If the Jets move on from Corey Davis this offseason, they're going to need a physical, vertical threat to replace him in the offense. One mid-round prospect who could fill that role is Virginia's Dontayvion Wicks.
At 6-foot-2, 205 pounds, Wicks has excellent ball skills with an outstanding blend of size, speed, and athleticism. He's a perfect developmental WR3 or WR4 with the potential to become a long-term starter at the position.
13. Jay Ward, S, LSU
Perhaps no position, aside from quarterback, remains a bigger need for the Jets this offseason than safety. LSU's Jay Ward is a natural fit as a free safety and a potential replacement for Lamarcus Joyner.
A converted cornerback, Ward has good range and surprising physicality given his background as a corner. He's dealt with some injury concerns that will limit him to the middle rounds, but he's still someone to keep an eye on.