5 under-the-radar prospects NY Jets could draft in first round

Don't overlook these Jets first-round draft targets
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4. The NY Jets could draft Georgia WR Ladd McConkey

Another late Day 1 or early Day 2 wide receiver prospect who could interest the Jets is Georgia's Ladd McConkey. McConkey's stock has risen over the last few months, to the point where it wouldn't be a shock to see him go on Day 1.

At 5-foot-11, 186 pounds, McConkey excels as an electric slot receiver who might be the best pure route runner in his class. He combines his NFL-ready skill set with an impressive athletic profile.

McConkey ran a blazing 4.39 40-yard dash and earned an RAS score of 9.33 at the NFL Combine. He has all the makings of an instant-impact contributor at the NFL level with an extremely high floor.

I'm probably higher on McConkey than most, which is why I wouldn't have an issue drafting him in the latter half of the first round. It would be surprising if he didn't have a long and successful NFL career.

3. The NY Jets could draft Alabama OT JC Latham

JC Latham's name rarely seems to come up when discussing the top offensive tackle prospects in the 2024 NFL Draft, but he has a chance to be taken a lot earlier than many expect.

At 6-foot-6, 342 pounds, Latham is a behemoth of a right tackle prospect who excelled as a two-year starter at Alabama. He was a second-team All-American selection in 2023, helping anchor one of the best offensive lines in college football.

Latham still has his share of inconsistencies and is far from the most technically sound tackle in this class, but he's an ascending prospect who would thrive in a power-run scheme, similar to the one the Jets are rumored to switch to.

Latham could compete for snaps as a rookie and provide much-needed depth and long-term stability behind Tyron Smith and Morgan Moses. He's a possible trade-down option, but he's also in play at No. 10.