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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2. The NY Jets could draft LSU WR Brian Thomas Jr.

There's a consensus big three wide receiver trio in this year's draft class with Marvin Harrison Jr., Malik Nabers, and Rome Odunze all expected to be top-10 selections. LSU's Brian Thomas Jr. has a very real claim to be WR4 in this draft class.

Thomas starred alongside Nabers in LSU's high-powered offense, finishing with 68 catches for 1,177 yards and 17 touchdowns as a junior. He led the FBS in receiving touchdowns and earned third-team All-American honors in the process.

Thomas is a downfield burner with 4.33 speed and elite ball tracking ability to be a dominant field stretcher at the next level. His route tree is still developing, but Thomas was one of the most dynamic playmakers in college football on vertical and crossing routes.

If the Jets aren't able to land one of the top-three wide receiver prospects, Thomas might just be the next-highest player on their board. He's very much a possible target at 10 or in a trade-down.

1. The NY Jets could draft Washington OL Troy Fautanu

Troy Fautanu might just be the most overlooked offensive line prospect in this year's draft class. A two-year starter at Washington, Fautanu anchored the left side of the Huskies' offensive line, primarily starting at left tackle.

At 6-foot-3, 317 pounds, some believe Fautanu is better suited as a guard in the NFL due to his lack of ideal height or length. However, his tape alone proves he can play left tackle at the next level.

Fautanu is a nasty finisher, an excellent athlete, and a refined pass blocker, giving him Pro Bowl upside and day-one starter traits. He's someone who could immediately compete for refs at left guard with the Jets while also doubling as a long-term left tackle option.

While guys like Olu Fashanu and Taliese Fuaga have received more hype, Fautanu has a chance to be better than both of them. If the Jets feel comfortable projecting him as a tackle in the NFL, they should have no issues taking him at 10.