NY Jets drafting Brock Bowers almost feels inevitable thanks to latest development

The Jets seem to be very high on Bowers
Brock Bowers
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The NY Jets have been connected to a number of prospects in the lead-up to the 2024 NFL Draft, but one name has emerged as the team's most popular projected pick: Georgia tight end Brock Bowers.

Bowers is currently the most common selection for the Jets in mock drafts, per NFL Mock Draft Database, with nearly a quarter of all published mock drafts projecting the star tight end to New York in the first round.

While the Jets can go in a variety of different directions in the first round of this year's draft, the organization's interest in Bowers is very real. That much was made abundantly clear on Wednesday.

Bowers took part in a makeup pro day on Wednesday after missing Georgia's initial pro day due to a minor hamstring injury. Jets tight ends coach Ron Middleton, along with multiple front office executives were in attendance.

The only other known NFL tight ends coaches to attend Bowers' workout were representatives from the New York Giants and Denver Broncos. The Jets are showing serious interest in the two-time national champion.

Brock Bowers is the most popular mock draft projection for the NY Jets

The Jets are likely to explore possible trade-down options in the first round later this month, but it's far from a guarantee that they receive the offers they'll be looking for. If Bowers is there at pick No. 10, the Jets might not hesitate.

A two-time John Mackey Award winner, Bowers is widely seen as one of the best tight end prospects to enter the NFL in recent years. At 6-foot-4, 240 pounds, Bowers is an outstanding athlete with excellent route-running ability who should become an instant-impact contributor at the NFL level.

The Jets don't necessarily need to add another tight end, but the team will be looking for additional offensive playmakers in the draft. Bowers can fill that role as a hybrid wide receiver/tight end in Nathaniel Hackett's offense.

Numerous recent mock drafts, including ones from Mel Kiper, Field Yates, and Pro Football Focus (among others), predict that the Jets will select Bowers in the first round. There's more smoke around Bowers than any other potential Jets target.

Of course, the Jets still have their fair share of options. They could consider one of the draft's top wide receivers, especially if a player like Washington's Rome Odunze is still on the board. They could possibly draft an offensive lineman in the first round as well.

Bowers is far from the Jets' only possible target, but he does appear to be their most likely at this stage. At the very least, the Jets have done their homework on him in this pre-draft process. That can't be disputed.