NY Jets 2-round 2023 NFL Mock Draft after free agency

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Round 2, 52nd Overall, NY Jets: Luke Wypler, C, Ohio State

With their second pick in the second round, acquired via the trade back with Seattle, the Jets once again dip into the Ohio State offensive line pool and draft center Luke Wypler.

I'm personally still expecting the NY Jets to sign Ben Jones, in which case they could go in a different direction with this pick. But at the moment, center is a massive position of need on the roster.

Wypler is another experienced lineman, playing over 1,700 snaps the previous two years at Ohio State. In those two seasons, he only surrendered one sack and one additional quarterback hit.

He is experienced and mature and offers the opportunity to play right off the bat. At only 21, he is still young and will continue to develop, but he can also immediately play and make an early impact.

In the first two rounds and first three picks, the Jets have now solidified their offensive line, adding two legitimate starters with experience playing together the previous two years, and added a gamechanger to the interior defensive line.

The organization wants to build from the line of scrimmage, and they have now done that.

The rest of the 2023 NFL Draft

Although there might not be any flashy names in this mock draft, Joe Douglas and Robert Saleh aren't exactly flashy guys. They want to build the offensive and defensive line and then add pieces to the rest of the roster.

With a multitude of remaining picks, the Jets could still address holes at linebacker and safety, as well as depth pieces on the offense as necessary. In reality, the team is currently constructed pretty well.

The wide receiver and running back rooms are in good shape, especially with the news that Breece Hall will be ready for Week 1. Once Aaron Rodgers is acquired, the trio of Rodgers, Tim Boyle, and Zach Wilson is a good enough group to feel comfortable there.

Adding Wypler and Jones makes the line Week 1 ready, with Mekhi Becton, Laken Tomlinson, Alijah Vera-Tucker, and Duane Brown also ready to play.

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Whatever direction the Jets end up going, look for additions on the offensive and defensive line, with flashier picks in later rounds. Acquiring Rodgers changes everything for this team anyways, and with him, the roster becomes significantly better.