Round 4, 105th Overall, NY Jets: Mekhi Wingo, DT, LSU
Jets head coach Robert Saleh loves his defensive linemen, and while the team has loaded up on edge rushers in the last two drafts, they haven't really prioritized the interior of their defensive line.
LSU's Mekhi Wingo is exactly the type of defensive tackle prospect that could catch Saleh's eye. The Missouri native is undersized at just 6-foot, 295 pounds, but he's an excellent athlete with a high pass-rush ceiling.
He's reminiscent of 2023 first-round pick Calijah Kancey, although he's not quite as refined as a pass rusher just yet. That's to be expected for a player with just 12 career starts under his belt. He also doesn't turn 21 years old until a few days before the draft.
Wingo is a perfect mid-round defensive tackle project who could add some extra pass-rush depth to the interior of the Jets' defensive line. Let him develop behind Quinnen Williams and unleash him on passing downs.
Round 6, 169th Overall, NY Jets: Audric Estime, RB, Notre Dame
The Jets have their running back of the present and future in Breece Hall, but it never hurts to take a swing on a Day 3 running back every year. Notre Dame's Audric Estime would be an ideal late-round target for the Jets in April.
At 5-foot-11, 227 pounds, Estime fits a running back archetype that the Jets don't currently have on their roster. He's a big-boded, bruising tailback who has no problem running through contact and squaring up in pass protection.
Estime is in the midst of his second season as Notre Dame's starting running back and is already averaging over 7.0 yards per carry through six games. His draft stock could continue to rise as the season progresses.
The Jets added the speedy Israel Abanikanda in this year's draft. Estime and Abanikanda complement each other's skill sets well and could develop into a very capable one-two punch behind Hall.