5 former NY Jets draft picks on the chopping block this summer

These Jets draft picks are fighting for their jobs
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4. Max Mitchell, OT, NY Jets

The most experienced player on this list, Max Mitchell was a fourth-round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, and it wasn't long ago that he looked like a potential keeper as solid offensive line depth. Some even pegged him as a possible starter of the future following his rookie season.

Unfortunately, Mitchell took a significant step back in 2023, struggling as a starter at both right tackle and right guard. Mitchell allowed six sacks and 30 pressures on just 336 pass-block snaps, posting an abysmal 49.4 Pro Football Focus grade.

The entire Jets offensive line struggled in 2023 as injuries decimated the unit, but Mitchell was expected to be quality depth. Instead, he was one of the weakest parts of a unit that featured multiple midseason practice-squad pickups.

Mitchell's tackle/guard versatility gives him an advantage over his competition, and he probably has a decent chance of sticking around if the Jets carry 10 offensive linemen. But following the additions of Tyron Smith, Morgan Moses, and Olu Fashanu, he's far from a lock.

3. Jarrick Bernard-Converse, DB, NY Jets

Another 2023 sixth-round pick who didn't see much playing time as a rookie was defensive back Jarrick Bernard-Converse. The Jets converted Bernard-Converse from cornerback to safety as a rookie, but an untimely foot injury sidelined him for most of the summer and half of the regular season.

By the time Bernard-Converse returned in October, he wasn't able to carve out a role in a weak safety group. He did, however, earn a regular role on special teams for the final eight games of the season.

The issue is that the Jets added multiple pieces to their safety room this offseason. Chuck Clark, Tony Adams, and Ashtyn Davis return alongside free-agent signing Isaiah Oliver (converted from cornerback) and seventh-round pick Jaylen Key.

Bernard-Converse saw some playing time at cornerback again this spring, suggesting the Jets could be trying to maximize his versatility. He has some steep competition for a roster spot, however, in a crowded defensive back corps.