The NY Jets have had a spotty draft history under the leadership of general manager Joe Douglas. For every Sauce Gardner and Garrett Wilson, there have been a number of key draft misses that have depleted the team's roster.
The Jets' roster is chock full of young, promising talent, many of whom were acquired via the draft. If anything, this Jets team is built on the back of former draft picks like Gardner, Wilson, Breece Hall, Jermaine Johnson, Quinnen Williams, etc.
Still, not every draft pick has worked out. The Jets are expected to run it back with a similar roster and regime in 2024, but there will be some tweaking. Roster turnover should be expected.
Let's take a look at four former Jets draft picks who likely won't be on the roster next season.
4. Max Mitchell, OT, NY Jets
When the Jets drafted Max Mitchell in the fourth round of the 2022 NFL Draft, the expectation was that he would be little more than a developmental project in his first season. That changed when Mitchell was thrust into the starting lineup early due to injuries.
Mitchell held his own in the role, battling injuries of his own, and returned as a key backup the following season. Unfortunately, Mitchell's 2023 campaign has been a bit of a disaster.
The Louisiana product has struggled mightily in seven starts this season, posting an abysmal 49.3 Pro Football Focus grade that ranks 74th out of 84 qualified offensive tackles. He's allowed six sacks and a whopping 30 pressures in just eight games.
Mitchell is still under contract next season and will likely return to compete for a depth roster spot, but don't be surprised if he's beaten out by Carter Warren, Billy Turner, or whatever other tackle options the Jets bring in this offseason.