4 positions of need the NY Jets should avoid early in the 2023 NFL Draft
By Justin Fried
The NY Jets enter the 2023 NFL Draft with quite a few roster holes to address. That means the Jets can tackle a number of different routes as it pertains to bolstering their roster in the draft.
Positions like the offensive line and even wide receiver could be addressed early on Day 1 of the draft. However, there are some obvious positions the Jets aren't going to target early.
It's safe to say the Jets won't be drafting a running back or a cornerback in the first round of the 2023 NFL Draft. This article isn't going to discuss the obvious, though.
We're here to take a look at four positions of need — or at least realistic potential targets — the Jets should not address in the first round.
4. The NY Jets should not draft an edge rusher in Round 1
The Jets don't necessarily need an edge rusher, so this first entry comes with a bit of a caveat. It's not a true position of need. That said, when Robert Saleh is your head coach, the defensive line is always a position group that can be upgraded.
The Jets have been linked to prospects like Georgia's Nolan Smith and Iowa's Lukas Van Ness, but it wouldn't make much sense for the team to use a premium asset like the No. 13 overall pick on a defensive end.
The Jets just drafted Jermaine Johnson in the first round last year. They have Carl Lawson, John Franklin-Myers, Bryce Huff, and Micheal Clemons, who all deserve playing time in 2023. If anything, their focus should be on giving guys like Johnson and Huff more snaps.
Saleh has always preached that you can never have enough defensive line depth, but the Jets are probably good here. If they add an edge rusher at all, it shouldn't come within the first few rounds of the draft.