4 positions of need the NY Jets should avoid early in the 2023 NFL Draft

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3. The NY Jets should not draft a defensive tackle in Round 1

The Jets have a lengthy history of drafting interior defensive linemen in the first round. From Quinnen Williams to Leonard Williams to Sheldon Richardson to Muhammad Wilkerson, no position group has been targeted by the organization in the first round more over the last 12 years.

You could certainly make an argument for the Jets drafting another defensive tackle in 2023, especially following the departures of Sheldon Rankins and Nathan Shepherd.

The Jets did sign veteran Quinton Jefferson last week, but it seems likely that the team adds another player to their defensive tackle room this offseason. They just shouldn't do so in the first round of the 2023 NFL Draft.

There is one exception here. If Georgia's Jalen Carter somehow slips to pick No. 13, or if the Jets want to move up a couple of picks to get him if he starts to fall, it would be difficult to argue against that move.

Carter is a true blue-chip talent, and if the Jets are okay with his off-field concerns, he should be the pick if he's there at 13. It's just hard to imagine he will be.

Pittsburgh's Calijah Kancey is an exciting prospect who has drawn comparisons to Aaron Donald, although his size is an issue, and the Jets don't need another athletic three-technique defensive tackle. They already have Williams and Jefferson to fill that role.

Clemson's Bryan Bresee might make more sense, although pick No. 13 is likely a bit early for him. There are also genuine medical concerns with the former No. 1 recruit.

The Jets should seriously consider adding another defensive tackle later in the draft, preferably a bigger-bodied guy who can stop the run, but as far as the first round is concerned, there are better options.