The most realistic outcome for the NY Jets in the 2024 NFL Draft

Here is what we can expect to see from the Jets on draft night.
Brock Bowers
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If you can believe it, the NY Jets enter this year's draft with the same exact positional needs as last season. Last year at this time, Joe Douglas sent shockwaves throughout the Jets fan base with the team's selection of edge rusher Will McDonald out of Iowa State.

This year, we can very confidently assume the onus will be on the offensive side. Here is what we can possibly expect to see on draft day.

Round 1, No. 10 overall, NY Jets: Brock Bowers, TE, Georgia

With the Jets adding three new starters on the offensive line, their options at No. 10 have opened up across the board. Throughout recent weeks, the two-time John Mackey Award winner has been increasingly linked to New York at this spot.

Betting sites currently have the Jets to select Brock Bowers at +145, with the next shortest odds for offensive tackles Troy Fautaunu (Washington), and Taliese Fuaga (Oregon State) coming in at 8-1.

While the Jets don't have a pressing need at tight end, it wouldn't hurt to pick up the greatest one in recent memory. Bowers excels in the short passing game and can line up virtually anywhere on the field.

Over his three seasons in school, Bowers led all tight ends in receiving yards, touchdowns, passer rating when targeted, and yards per route run, per Pro Football Focus. The argument for the need for offensive line aside, the Jets don't pass up on this talent.

Round 3, No. 72 overall, NY Jets: Malachi Corley, WR, Western Kentucky

Malachi Corley is one of the six wide receivers that the Jets hosted on a top-30 visit, and there is a very real possibility that he is available at this pick. The Western Kentucky product is a training camp battle away from being the Week 1 starting slot receiver for the Jets.

Corley can run on all levels of the field and was one of the more dangerous run-after-the-catch receivers in all of college football over the past three seasons.

Corley was originally recruited to Western Kentucky as a cornerback, and his experience on the defensive side has paid dividends, as he has utilized his knowledge of how opposing teams may line up, and defend a player like himself.

The wideout had a mildly limited route tree at the collegiate level, and it's something that must be improved upon in order for him to be a great player in this league.

Round 4, No. 111 overall, NY Jets: T'Vondre Sweat, DT, Texas

T'Vondre Sweat is one of the more intriguing mid-round prospects in the class. The 6-foot-4, 362-pound interior lineman was arrested on April 7th on a DWI charge. Just several weeks back, he was on track to be a Day 1 player, latest Round 2.

He could slide down the board, as questions about his character will be raised by evaluators across the league. Joe Douglas and co. could take the chance on this immensely talented run-stuffer.

Despite having one of the league's better defenses last season, the Jets struggled mightily stopping the run, ranking 25th in yards allowed in 2023. Sweat can make an instant impact at the next level with his extraordinary size and ability.

Sweat has already faced plenty of double teams at Texas, something he likely won't see a whole lot of lined up next to Quinnen Williams.

Round 4, No. 134 overall (via BAL), NY Jets: Caedan Wallace, OT, Penn State

The Jets will absolutely be taking a tackle within the first four rounds of the draft — it's just a matter of when. Caedan Wallace would be a terrific depth piece for a team that got a firsthand look at what injuries on the offensive line could do to an offense last season.

Wallace battled for his job throughout his time donning the navy and white, finally cementing his role as the starting right tackle in his last year. He did not waste the opportunity, starting all 13 games and allowing just one sack.

In the process, he earned himself an honorable mention in the Big Ten awards following the season. At 6-foot-5, 314 pounds, Wallace certainly has the frame to excel at the next level, as well as the strength and athleticism.