NY Jets general manager Joe Douglas will enter his fifth offseason with the organization in 2024, and he'll be looking to set the organization up for success in both the immediate future and beyond.
Of course, that's the plan of attack for every GM, but the "immediate future" part is especially important for Douglas and the entire Jets regime. The Jets need to legitimately compete for a Super Bowl next season — everyone's jobs depend on it.
The process of contending starts in free agency, and it will continue in the 2024 NFL Draft. The Jets will be searching not only for future building blocks but also for players who can contribute immediately.
That's especially crucial given the lack of immediate impact the Jets received from their 2023 draft class. With the help of Pro Football Network's mock simulator, here is a look at our latest crack at a seven-round Jets mock draft. This one turned out very well for the Jets.
Round 1, 10th Overall, NY Jets: Joe Alt, OT, Notre Dame
This is the absolute best-case scenario for the Jets. In this mock projection, three quarterbacks, three wide receivers, one edge rusher, Olu Fashanu, and Brock Bowers went in the first nine picks. That left arguably the best offensive tackle in this class, Joe Alt, available for the Jets at pick No. 10.
Alt is seen as a consensus top-two offensive tackle in this year's draft class alongside the aforementioned Fashanu. At 6-foot-8, 322 pounds, Alt blends outstanding size with impressive athleticism and an NFL-ready skill set.
Alt has started the last three seasons at left tackle for Notre Dame, earning first-team All-American honors in 2022 and Unanimous All-American honors in 2023. He should be a top target for the Jets in April.
The Jets are in desperate need of offensive line building blocks, and Alt gives the team a day-one starting left tackle with legitimate All-Pro upside. This is a home-run pick at this spot in the first round.