3 low-profile 2023 NFL Draft prospects the NY Jets have met with
The NY Jets have begun the process of meeting with 2023 NFL Draft prospects, with teams getting their first in-person meetings in during the annual college football all-star games.
From the Senior Bowl to the East-West Shrine Bowl to lesser-known games like the Tropical Bowl and NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, all 32 NFL teams were able to meet with prospects in this year's draft class.
We already know that the Jets met with massive Ohio State offensive tackle Dawand Jones at the Senior Bowl, but what about some of the low-profile players at the smaller all-star games?
The Draft Network's Justin Melo has reported three under-the-radar prospects who the Jets have met with so far this draft season. Let's take a quick look at each potential Jets target.
1. Justin Broiles, CB/S, Oklahoma
Justin Broiles is your classic college football "program guy." Listed at just 5-foot-10, 192 pounds, Broiles lacks high-end size or athleticism, but he makes up for it with versatility, experience, toughness, and a high football IQ.
Broiles has been playing at Oklahoma since 2018 and has split his time between free safety, strong safety, and nickel cornerback. He didn't really become a full-time starter until his junior season, but Broiles has always seemed to have a role in the Sooners' defense.
The Jets reportedly met with Broiles at the Tropical Bowl, held in Orlando. Broiles was one of the standouts from the all-star game that has featured future NFL players such as Kenny Moore, Wil Lutz, Scotty Miller, and former Jets safety J.T. Hassell.
Broiles' lack of standout traits and spotty on-field performances will limit his draft ceiling, but don't be surprised if he gets some looks late on Day 3 because of his versatility and character.
2. Brandon Kipper, OL, Oregon State
It's no secret that the Jets will be looking for offensive line help this offseason. Perhaps one player they can target late in the draft or as an undrafted free agent is Oregon State's Brandon Kipper.
Kipper reportedly met with the Jets, along with a handful of other teams, at the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl last week following an impressive showing. The versatile former Oregon State lineman has experience playing left and right tackle as well as at right guard.
Kipper is likely going to be seen as a guard at the next level, although at 6-foot-5, 327 pounds, he does have the size and length to play tackle. His 45 career starts are the sixth-most in program history.
The Jets will be looking to add to their offensive line depth this offseason and Kipper is someone they can keep an eye on.
3. Elijah Harper, WR, Adams State
The Jets are keeping an eye on the Division II ranks as well as they reportedly met with Adams State wide receiver Elijah Harper at the Tropical Bowl. Harper is a small-school wide receiver prospect who could garner some late interest from NFL teams.
The California native measured in at 6-foot-3, 195 pounds, and runs a 4.40 40-yard dash. That alone is enough to draw some attention. He's also an accomplished kick returner who averaged over 25 yards per return in his college career.
Harper recorded 94 catches for 1,412 yards and 13 touchdowns in two years at Adams State after going the JUCO route. He makes sense as a potential UDFA target for a team eyeing a physically gifted small-school wideout.
Harper's special teams experience could help him stick with an NFL team as well. Perhaps that team is the Jets.