We're still just two months removed from the 2023 NFL Draft that netted the NY Jets a number of intriguing potential building blocks, but it's always fun to look ahead to the future — especially when it's June, and there isn't much else to talk about.
The Jets, of course, hope that they aren't picking early in next year's draft. In fact, the Jets are hoping that they don't have a first-round pick at all. If Aaron Rodgers plays 65 percent of the team's offensive snaps in 2023, the Jets will send a first-round pick to Green Bay as part of the agreed-upon trade.
That doesn't mean we can't still look at a few potential targets in next year's draft, however. It's too early to say if the Jets will have the opportunity to draft any of these players (or what their draft stock will be), but they could, at least, be names to keep an eye on.
Let's take a look at five way-too-early 2024 NFL Draft prospects Jets fans should monitor over the coming season.
5. Cooper Beebe, OL, Kansas State
The Jets' offensive line remains a sizable work in progress entering the 2023 season. In short, there are more question marks than answers at the moment. The Jets are in need of additional long-term building blocks along the offensive line.
Kansas State's Cooper Beebe could be that player. Beebe would have likely been one of the highest-ranked offensive line prospects had he declared after his redshirt sophomore season in 2022. Instead, he returns in 2023 with a chance to solidify himself as the guy next year.
The 22-year-old began his career as a standout left tackle, starting 13 games in 2021 en route to earning first-team All-Big 12 honors. Kansas State moved him inside to left guard in 2022, and he responded with a fantastic season that saw him named first-team All-American.
Beebe projects as a Day 1 prospect right now, but it's impossible to predict how the upcoming season will go. He's definitely an offensive line prospect to keep tabs on over the coming months.