The NY Jets still have plenty of football left to play this season, but it's never too early to start thinking about the draft. The 2024 NFL Draft class is loaded with top-tier talent at a number of positions.
The Jets will enter the draft with some major decisions to make regarding positions such as quarterback, wide receiver, and the offensive line. Fortunately, all three of those position groups look pretty stacked as we sit here in October.
The Jets won't have a second-round pick, as that pick will transfer to the Green Bay Packers as part of the Aaron Rodgers trade. With only selections and one pick in the first two rounds, the Jets will need to make their moves count.
With the help of Pro Football Network's Mock Simulator, we ran through one way-too-early possibility for the Jets' 2024 draft class. Note that draft order is determined by current standings at the time of writing. This is not a draft order prediction.
Round 1, 6th Overall, NY Jets: Joe Alt, OT, Notre Dame
The Jets don't hope or expect to pick this high come April, but if they do, landing a franchise left tackle would be a nice consolation prize. That's exactly what Notre Dame offensive tackle Joe Alt projects to be.
Standing at a massive 6-foot-8, 315 pounds, Alt is widely seen as one of the top overall prospects in this year's draft class. The former high school tight end converted to offensive tackle in college and has quickly established himself as one of the premier offensive linemen in the nation.
Alt started the final eight games of his freshman season at left tackle before earning first-team All-American honors as a sophomore. He's shown no signs of slowing down this season, either.
As the son of a former Pro Bowl left tackle, Alt has the pedigree, size, athleticism, and technical refinement to be a day-one starter and future All-Pro at the NFL level. Here is your long-term left tackle of the future.