Complete grades and analysis for the NY Jets 2023 NFL Draft class
Round 6, 204th Overall, NY Jets: Jarrick Bernard-Converse, DB, LSU
The Jets addressed their need for safety depth here with Jarrick Bernard-Converse. Bernard-Converse is a five-year college player who played multiple different positions over his time at Oklahoma State and LSU.
He has played safety, outside corner, and slot corner, but most project him to move to safety at the NFL level. Robert Saleh said in the post-draft press conference that they will see where he fits best once rookie minicamp starts.
Bernard-Converse is another good athlete with a 9.77 RAS. Like Barnes, he will be a good special teams contributor and will provide secondary depth.
Round 7, 220th Overall, NY Jets: Zack Kuntz, TE, Old Dominion
The Jets' last pick in the draft might be their most exciting one. Tight end Zack Kuntz is one of the most athletic tight ends the draft has seen. At 6-foot-7 and 255 pounds, he ran a whopping 4.55 40-yard dash and earned a perfect 10 RAS.
To get someone of Kuntz's size with his athletic profile is a great chance to take with a seventh-round pick. Kuntz was hurt in 2022, but in 2021 he had 692 yards and five touchdowns.
Kuntz likely won’t do much this year behind Tyler Conklin, C.J. Uzomah, and Jeremy Ruckert, but his ceiling is through the roof for the Jets to develop in the future.
Overall NY Jets draft grade
The Jets' draft strategy was clear: draft good athletes at positions of need and take a couple of big swings toward the end of the draft. This is shown by the Jets having the highest average athletic score of any NFL team's draft class by at least six points.
With the draft capital at their disposal, this was a fine draft class, mainly because, for the first time in a long time, they went into the draft with no glaring holes.
The Jets supplemented some strengths, addressed some needs, got depth for this year, and took some chances for the future. It's hard to be mad about that.
Overall Grade: B