NY Jets help Aaron Rodgers in post-trade 7-round 2023 NFL Mock Draft
By Justin Fried
Round 1, 15th Overall, NY Jets: Peter Skoronski, OT, Northwestern
The Jets were lucky enough to have two of the top three offensive tackles still on the board by the time they picked at No. 13 overall. Ohio State's Paris Johnson Jr. was gone, but Northwerstern's Peter Skoronski and Georgia's Broderick Jones remained available.
This was an easy selection for me. Johnson is my top target for the Jets, but in the likely scenario that he's gone, I'm more than happy with Skoronski.
Some teams reportedly view Skoronski as more of a guard prospect in the NFL, despite his collegiate success as a left tackle. The Jets are not one of those teams, at least according to The Athletic's Dane Brugler.
The Jets believe that Skoronski can play tackle in the NFL, but unlike Jones, who is almost exclusively a left tackle, Skoronski has the versatility to play virtually anywhere on the offensive line.
A three-year starter at Northwestern, Skoronski was twice named first-team All-Big Ten and was voted a Unanimous All-American in 2022. With 33 career starts under his belt, he's seen as perhaps the most NFL-ready offensive lineman in this class.
Skoronski stands at 6-foot-4, 313 pounds, and possesses pro-ready technique, a high football IQ, and impressive fundamentals. He allowed just one sack and two QB hits on nearly 500 pass-block snaps last season.
Skoronski can immediately compete for a starting tackle job in his rookie season, with the versatility to play essentially anywhere the Jets want him. Some even believe he can be an All-Pro-caliber center at the next level.
The Jets swapped first-round picks and still landed an instant-impact starter at a position of need. This is a major win for Gang Green.