5 players with local ties NY Jets can target in 2024 NFL Draft

Some of the best local NY/NJ prospects in the 2024 draft
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4. Matt Goncalves, OT/OG, Pittsburgh

The Jets already drafted one Long Island product in Lindenhurst's Jeremy Ruckert two years ago. Perhaps they return to the Long Island well with Matt Goncalves out of Manorville in 2024.

Goncalves started 24 games over four years at Pittsburgh and would've started even more if not for a foot injury that ended his senior season after just three games. That injury prevented him from participating in this year's East-West Shrine Bowl.

Goncalves split time at both left and right tackle in college, although some scouts reportedly see him as more of a guard prospect in the NFL. He has the desired size for the position — 6-foot-6, 327 pounds — but he's lacking in overall athleticism.

Goncalves is a strong run blocker who has the versatility to play all over the offensive line. That should allow him to compete for a backup spot as a mid-round pick in this year's draft.

3. Mohamed Kamara, EDGE, Colorado State

Mohamed Kamara is the other player the Jets have brought in for a top-30 visit, and he has a chance to be drafted higher than any player on this list. A native of Newark, NJ, Kamara is a lighting-quick edge rusher who is seen by many as a fringe Day 2/Day 3 pick.

At 6-foot-1, 248 pounds, Kamara is undersized for the position, but he makes up for it with an incredibly fast first step, an explosive pass-rush arsenal, and a red-hot motor.

It's easy to see why Kamara has drawn comparisons to now-former Jets pass rusher Bryce Huff. Both players play with a sense of urgency and relentlessness that can't be taught.

Kamara is everything Robert Saleh looks for in a pass rusher prospect, and given that the Jets are already showing significant interest in him, he seems like a very feasible target in the middle rounds of the draft.