5 NY Jets who could lose their jobs after 2024 NFL Draft

These Jets could lose their jobs
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4. Carter Warren, OT, NY Jets

It seemed like a formality for months that the Jets would use their first-round pick to address their offensive line. But following the additions of Tyron Smith, Morgan Moses, and John Simpson, that doesn't seem so certain anymore.

The Jets have given themselves ample flexibility entering the draft, allowing the team to target a number of different positions. Offensive tackle is no longer the pressing need it was a month ago.

If the Jets were to use the 10th overall pick — or really any pick, for that matter — on a tackle, that player would likely be relegated to a backup role. That would be bad news for Carter Warren, who is tentatively penciled in as the team's top backup tackle.

Warren was underwhelming in his five starts as a rookie, and it wouldn't be wise for the Jets to go into the 2024 season with him as their top swing tackle on the bench. His role is in serious jeopardy entering the draft.

3. Israel Abanikanda, RB, NY Jets

Israel Abanikanda is in a similar position to his former college teammate, Carter Warren. Abanikanda was a Day 3 pick of the Jets in the 2023 NFL Draft and is currently penciled in as the top backup at his position.

That's largely due to a lack of competition, however. Abanikanda is the current RB2 on the Jets' roster, but he hasn't done much to earn that role.

The 21-year-old was used sparingly as a rookie, finishing the year with just 70 yards on 22 carries on a lowly 3.2 yards per carry. The Jets didn't trust Abanikanda as a blocker or pass protector, and he hardly maximized his limited snaps.

The Jets will add to their running back room at some point, quite possibly with a veteran signing. If not, the draft might be where they search for Abanikanda's temporary replacement while he's relegated to more of a change-of-pace RB3 role in 2024.