5 NY Jets who are not safe after the 2024 NFL Draft

These Jets could be in trouble after the draft
Israel Abanikanda
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2. Max Mitchell, OT, NY Jets

The addition of Olu Fashanu isn't only bad news for Morgan Moses. Fashanu's arrival significantly improves the Jets' offensive tackle depth, which isn't promising for the team's other backup tackles.

Carter Warren should be safe entering the summer, given that the Jets were encouraged by some of what they saw from him last year. The same isn't true for former fourth-round pick Max Mitchell.

Mitchell struggled mightily in his second season with the Jets, allowing six sacks and 30 pressures on only 336 pass-block snaps. He now enters the 2024 season as the fifth offensive tackle on the Jets' depth chart.

Mitchell faces an uphill battle to make the Jets' roster this summer. He hasn't shown enough progress over the last two years to warrant serious swing tackle consideration.

1. Israel Abanikanda, RB, NY Jets

There is no bigger loser on the Jets' roster as a result of this year's draft than Israel Abanikanda. The 2023 fifth-round pick spent much of the offseason as the Jets' de facto RB2 behind Breece Hall, but that changed this past week.

The Jets added not one but two new running backs to their roster on Day 3 of the draft, adding Wisconsin's Braelon Allen and South Dakota State's Isaiah Davis. Both players figure to compete with Abanikanda for playing time.

Abanikanda was underwhelming as a rookie, averaging just 3.2 yards per carry in limited playing time. The Jets didn't trust Abanikanda as a blocker and had genuine concerns about his ball security.

Not only does Abanikanda now seem unlikely to be the Jets' primary backup running back in 2024, but he's not even guaranteed a roster spot. That's quite the fall from grace for a young running back who the Jets had high hopes for a year ago.