20 players the NY Jets could target on Day 3 of the 2023 NFL Draft
By Justin Fried
4. Jaquelin Roy, DT, LSU
The Jets are still in need of a big-bodied space-eater in the middle of their defense, and LSU's Jaquelin Roy could provide the best bang for their buck on Day 3.
Roy stands at 6-foot-3, 305 pounds, and is one of the more powerful defensive tackles in this class. He's still a work in progress with just 13 career starts under his belt, but Roy makes sense as a developmental 1-technique the Jets could add in the middle rounds of the draft.
3. DeWayne McBride, RB, UAB
Another player who the Jets hosted on an official top-30 visit this month is UAB running back DeWayne McBride. McBride was an extremely productive player in college, setting numerous school records following a 2022 season that saw him finish with 1,713 yards and 19 touchdowns on 7.4 yards per carry,
McBride has all the makings of a potential Day 3 running back steal. He's a compact runner who fights through contact, showcases excellent vision, and displays impressive lateral agility. McBride is one of my favorite Day 3 targets for the Jets.
2. Dawand Jones, OT, Ohio State
If not Kelee Ringo, Ohio State's Dawand Jones is the biggest surprise player — literally and figuratively — still available on Day 3. Jones was seen as a fringe Round 1 prospect, which is what makes his fall so surprising.
The mammoth offensive tackle stands at 6-foot-8, 374 pounds, with a nasty dominator-like demeanor in the run game. Concerns about his weight may have caused his slide, but if the Jets feel comfortable with his size, he could be an excellent value pick at this stage.
1. Christopher Smith, S, Georgia
My favorite safety target remaining for the Jets is Georgia's Christopher Smith. He's undersized at just 5-foot-11, 195 pounds, but Smith is the best center-field safety in this class.
Smith has natural ball skills, excellent range, and outstanding intangibles. If the Jets can overlook his lack of size, Smith makes a ton of sense for them in the fourth or fifth round, provided he's still available.