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

The Jets have a lot more draft flexibility now

Brock Bowers
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Round 7, 256th Overall, NY Jets: Zion Tupuola-Fetui, EDGE, Washington

Zion Tupuola-Fetui looked like a potential future first-round pick after recording seven sacks in just four games during Washington's COVID-shortened 2020 season. Unfortunately, a torn Achilles suffered in the offseason has completely derailed his career.

Tupuola-Fetui has never fully managed to recover the athleticism and burst that made him such a highly-touted prospect. He's made strides over the last few seasons, but he's still working his way back each year.

The positives with Tupuola-Fetui are that he plays with a red-hot motor and has a well-versed pass-rush skill set. He's Robert Saleh's type of player, even if he may be a little light to play 4-3 defensive end right now.

Tupuola-Fetui could come into camp and compete for a roster spot in a talented Jets pass-rush group. It's worth taking a chance on his upside even if ever can recover the athleticism lost from his Achilles injury.

Round 7, 257th Overall, NY Jets: Carson Steele, RB, UCLA

The Jets seem likely to add a veteran running back to their backfield at some point, but as of now, the only backup behind Breece Hall is 2023 rookie Israel Abanikanda.

The Jets can use a big-bodied bruising running back to complement Hall and perhaps be used in short-yardage/red-zone situations. UCLA's Carson Steele is a late-round flier who fits the bill.

Steele runs with excellent contact balance that allows him to excel in between the tackles. He's also a better-than-expected pass catcher and a willing blocker, which should allow him to carve out a role early in his career.

Steele lacks high-end athletic traits and will likely never be anything more than a rotational back, but he fills a role the Jets are currently looking to fill. He also has one of the coolest names in the draft, which never hurts.

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