9 players the NY Jets can target at pick No. 13 in the 2023 NFL Draft
By Justin Fried
8. NY Jets draft target: Jalen Carter, iDL, Georgia
Speaking of best player available, the Jets should run to the podium with their pick if Jalen Carter is still on the board by the time they pick at 13. Carter is considered to be one of the best overall prospects in this year's draft class.
At 6-foot-3, 310 pounds, Carter reminds me a lot of Quinnen Williams as a prospect. Carter was only a one-year starter at an SEC school, but his physical profile and obvious pass-rushing ability could make him one of the best defensive tackles in football in a few years.
There's been talk of Carter going as early as third overall to the Arizona Cardinals, but some off-field issues and poor performances at the NFL Combine and his pro day have threatened to tank his stock.
If Carter somehow slips all the way to pick 13, the Jets shouldn't hesitate. He should be the pick.
7. NY Jets draft target: Peter Skoronski, OT/OG, Northwestern
The first of three high-profile offensive tackle prospects in this year's class, Peter Skoronski has seen his stock dip a little in recent weeks. He's undoubtedly the most NFL-ready offensive lineman in this class, but there are concerns about his ability to play tackle at the next level.
Skoronski lacks the ideal length to play the offensive tackle position, and some teams might view him as a guard in the NFL. It's unclear where the Jets stand, but he could still be a target either way.
The plan right now appears to be for the Jets to move Alijah Vera-Tucker, who played some right tackle last year, back to guard, but if the team drafts Skoronski, they could keep one of the two as a tackle.
Skoronski projects as a day-one starter with a lengthy NFL career likely ahead of him. He would be a rock-solid addition to a Jets offensive line that still needs some work.