NY Jets 7-round mock draft following the Tyron Smith signing

The Jets have a lot more draft flexibility now

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The NY Jets' entire strategy for the upcoming 2024 NFL Draft may have changed following the team's addition of Tyron Smith. That's a very good thing as well.

The Smith signing doesn't necessarily take the Jets out of the running for an offensive tackle in the first round, but it does provide a bit more draft flexibility. The Jets can still draft an offensive tackle, but they could also address other pressing needs as well.

That happens to be what we did in this mock draft. Joe Alt and Olu Fashanu were off the board, as were each of the top three wide receiver prospects. That presented a unique opportunity that we were able to explore because of the Smith signing.

With the help of Pro Football Focus' mock simulator, here is our first seven-round Jets mock draft post-Tyron Smith signing and Morgan Moses trade.

Round 1, 10th Overall, NY Jets: Brock Bowers, TE, Georgia

As stated above, the likes of Joe Alt, Olu Fashanu, Marvin Harrison Jr., Malik Nabers, and Rome Odunze were all off the board. Rather than reach for another receiver like Brian Thomas Jr. or target a right tackle prospect like Taliese Fuaga, we went a different route.

Georgia's Brock Bowers is very much at play for the Jets in the first round if he slides to the 10th overall pick. Bowers is considered to be one of the best tight end prospects in recent memory.

At 6-foot-3, 243 pounds, Bowers functions as an oversized wide receiver in the passing game with a rare blend of speed, athleticism, and route-running ability. He isn't quite the blocker that a player like George Kittle is, but it's an area of his game that is improving, and you can never criticize his effort.

The Jets need playmakers on offense, and Bowers would give them just that. He can split reps with Tyler Conklin as the Jets find ways to get both players on the field. Think of Bowers as an all-around offensive weapon and the pick makes more sense.