NY Jets 7-round mock draft following the Mike Williams signing

The Jets trade down and make some major moves in our latest mock draft

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Round 6, 185th Overall, NY Jets: Devin Leary, QB, Kentucky

The Jets finally prioritized the backup quarterback position this offseason, signing veteran Tyrod Taylor to serve as Aaron Rodgers' primary backup. That doesn't mean the Jets are done adding to their QB room, though.

The Jets have been doing their homework on a number of mid-to-late-round QB prospects in April's draft, and one late-round quarterback who could catch their eye is Kentucky's Devin Leary.

Leary is a local product hailing from Sicklerville, NJ who spent five years at NC State before transferring to Kentucky in 2023. Although he's an older prospect, Leary still has quite a few traits that make him an intriguing developmental quarterback.

Leary has an NFL-caliber arm with the ability to create outside the pocket despite his so-so athleticism. The Jets could take a chance on this local New Jersey native with the hope that he could at least develop into a young, affordable backup.

Round 7, 257th Overall, NY Jets: Brian Ugwu, EDGE, Miami (OH)

The Jets couldn't go one draft without adding a defensive lineman, right? Robert Saleh's defense said goodbye to Bryce Huff this offseason, and while the team is still exploring the free-agent edge rusher market, it wouldn't be surprising to see the team address the position in the draft as well.

One player who has shades of Huff in his game is Brian Ugwu of Miami University in Ohio. Ugwu is a bit undersized at 6-foot-3, 250 pounds, but he plays with a red-hot motor and could find a nice home in Saleh's defense.

Much like Huff, Ugwu's calling card is his quick first step and explosive athleticism that allow him to make up for his lack of overall power. He's never going to physically overwhelm opposing offensive linemen, but he is able to bend his way around them.

Ugwu is another New Jersey native (and former Rutgers commit) who never realized his potential in college. Perhaps the Jets could use their Mr. Irrelevant draft pick on the next Bryce Huff.

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