2024 NFL Mock Draft: NY Jets get lucky with star OL prospect in best-case scenario

The Jets hit a home run in this mock draft
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Round 3, 72nd Overall, NY Jets: Jalen McMillan, WR, Washington

The Jets don't pick again until the 72nd overall pick in the third round, and after addressing the offensive line on Day 1, wide receiver was the next most obvious need for the team. That's why Jalen McMillan is the pick here.

McMillan was often overshadowed during his time at Washington, especially in 2023 when he played third fiddled to Rome Odunze and Ja'Lynn Polk in a loaded Huskies receiving corps. A knee injury suffered in Week 3 derailed what could've been a monster season for the California native.

McMillan is exactly what the Jets should be targeting at this stage of the draft. He's an extremely high-floor prospect who possesses excellent route-running ability, sure hands, and electric vertical speed.

He may not project as a superstar wide receiver at the next level, but he's a polished receiver who can contribute immediately and should have a long NFL career. The Jets need stability in their receiver room, and McMillan provides them with that.

Round 4, 107th Overall, NY Jets: Byron Murphy II, DT, Texas

This is a best-player-available pick. Byron Murphy II is almost unanimously seen as a Day 2 prospect, with many outlets projecting him as a top-50 player in this class. It was impossible to pass on him here in Round 4.

Murphy has drawn comparisons to Atlanta Falcons star Grady Jarrett due to his explosive athleticism and high ceiling as a pass rusher. Primarily a 3-tech at Texas, Murphy was one of the most disruptive interior defensive linemen in the nation, and there's every reason to believe he's only getting better.

Murphy's athleticism and pass-rush prowess make him a perfect fit in Robert Saleh's attacking 4-3. I don't think it's a stretch to say he has genuine Pro Bowl upside, which is why it was surprising to see him still on the board at this spot.

The Jets only have one defensive tackle, Quinnen Williams, under contract in 2024. While veterans like Quinton Jefferson and Solomon Thomas are fine role players, Murphy has the potential to be another difference-maker on this Jets defensive line. The value here is exceptional.