4. Rashee Rice, WR, SMU
Rashee Rice is one of the more highly-touted players at this year's Senior Bowl. The senior standout finished with 96 catches for 1,355 yards and 10 touchdowns in his final year at SMU, developing into one of the most dynamic receivers in college football.
At 6-foot-2, 203 pounds, Rice has the versatility to play both in the slot and on the outside. If he could overcome some of the concentration drop issues he had in college, like CeeDee Lamb has in the NFL, Rice has superstar potential.
3. JL Skinner, S, Boise State
From a physical standpoint, Boise State's JL Skinner reminds me of a lot of former Notre Dame star Kyle Hamilton. While not nearly as refined or versatile of a prospect as Hamilton was, Skinner stands at 6-foot-4, 218 pounds, and will garner attention for his size alone.
Skinner is a physical, downhill thumper with the size to match up with opposing tight ends. I have concerns about his play speed and change-of-direction skills, but Skinner is an intriguing target in the middle rounds of the draft because of his physical traits.
2. Dawand Jones, OT, Ohio State
Speaking of physical traits, no player captured the attention of those in attendance at the Senior Bowl this week more than Ohio State right tackle Dawand Jones. Jones is this year's Daniel Faalele: a behemoth of an offensive tackle who turns heads at the Senior Bowl due to his sheer size.
Jones had been overshadowed in the pre-draft process by teammate Paris Johnson, but after this week in Mobile, the 6-foot-8, 375-pound tackle is starting to receive some Day 1 chatter. He could be a target for the Jets either on Day 1 or Day 2 — if he makes it that far.
1. John Michael Schmitz, C, Minnesota
Connor McGovern is set to hit free agency, and if the Jets are looking to replace him in the draft, their top target should be Minnesota's John Michael Schmitz.
Schmitz is a plug-and-play, day-one starting center in the NFL with the intelligence, experience, and athleticism to be a plus-starter in the future. He's expected to be the top center off the board in this year's draft.