Round 5, 144th Overall, NY Jets: Ed Ingram, OG, LSU
Ed Ingram is one of the more overlooked guard prospects in this class. I'm not sure why he isn't garnering more Day 2 buzz, but if he's still on the board in the fifth round, the Jets shouldn't hesitate.
Ingram has good size at 6-foot-4, 320 pounds (identical to Ikem Ekwonu) with ample experience starting at both left and right guard. The latter is likely the role he would compete at with the Jets, although he has the length to project as someone who could play right tackle as well.
He's a bit on the older side for a prospect as he turns 23-years-old next month, but that age has provided him with the experience he needs to compete for a starting job early in his career.
I'm not saying Ingram is the Trey Smith of this draft class, but I do think he's a player who can absolutely earn a starting role in year one. And if you can land someone like that on Day 3, it's hard to complain.
Round 5, 161st Overall, NY Jets: Jerome Ford, RB, Cincinnati
We finish off this draft class with another player who can contribute early in his career. Cincinnati's Jerome Ford emerged as a true bell-cow back in 2021 rushing for over 1,300 yards and 19 touchdowns on an efficient 6.1 yards per carry.
A former Alabama recruit, Ford was given the chance to shine at Cincinnati and that helped establish him as the NFL prospect that he is. At 5-foot-11, 220 pounds, Ford is a very effective between-the-tackles runner who runs with power and balance.
He excelled as a short-yardage runner in college with a nose for the end zone, as evidenced by his 19 touchdowns. That's exactly the type of running back the Jets are missing too.
Pairing Ford with a returning Michael Carter would give the Jets a very promising young duo with complementary skill sets. As far as late-round running back targets go, Ford is near the top of my list.