NY Jets help Aaron Rodgers in post-trade 7-round 2023 NFL Mock Draft
By Justin Fried
Round 5, 143rd Overall, NY Jets: Jonathan Mingo, WR, Ole Miss
The Jets have almost completely reshaped their wide receiver room this offseason, and their work still might not be done. While a receiver in the first round seems unlikely, don't discount the possibility of adding one later in the draft.
The Jets already said goodbye to one Ole Miss receiver this offseason. Why not replace Elijah Moore with a fellow Ole Miss alumnus?
I was surprised to see Jonathan Mingo still on the board at pick 143. In fact, I debated taking him with the Jets' previous selection in the fourth round. I wasn't going to pass twice.
At 6-foot-2, 220 pounds, Mingo is a well-rounded, competitive big slot who thrives after the catch. I get major Quincy Enunwa vibes when watching Mingo's tape. Both players excel as big-bodied, deceptively fast slot receivers with outstanding hands.
Mingo regularly makes difficult catches look routine and has no trouble wrestling the ball away from defenders. He's a bully with and without the ball in his hands.
Mingo's ability to make plays after the catch makes him a great fit in a Jets' offense that prioritizes yards after the catch. He still needs a little work with his route running, and you shouldn't expect Tyreek Hill-like athleticism, but Mingo has all the tools to be a very productive NFL receiver.
Drafting Mingo might spell the end of Corey Davis' time with the Jets, but given that the team needs cap space, it's probably for the best. Mingo can compete with Denzel Mims for the fourth wide receiver spot and serve as the backup slot to Mecole Hardman in year one.