NY Jets mock draft: An OL to target in every round of the 2023 NFL Draft
By Justin Fried
NY Jets Round 4 OL Target: Nick Saldiveri, OT/OG, Old Dominion
Once you get into Day 3, the approach changes from looking for potential day-one starters to targeting possible developmental backups. That said, Old Dominion's Nick Saldiveri is a high-floor prospect who can legitimately compete for a starting job early in his career.
A three-year starter, Saldiveri primarily played right tackle in college, although he has experience playing guard as well. That's where he might mind his most success in the NFL.
Saldiveri is a refined pass blocker who ranked third in overall athleticism out of all guards at the NFL Combine, per NFL Next Gen Stats. That athleticism should allow him to find success out in space and in a zone-blocking scheme at the next level.
I like Saldiveri as an excellent depth lineman for the Jets, who has the versatility to play either tackle or guard. A rock-solid early Day 3 target for a team that could really use some offensive line depth.
NY Jets Round 5 OL Target: Tyler Steen, OT, Alabama
Tyler Steen began his career as a defensive lineman at Vanderbilt before transitioning to the offensive side of the ball. After starting over 30 career games at Vanderbilt, Steen joined Alabama as a graduate transfer in 2022.
He immediately earned the starting left tackle job and would go on to be named second-team All-SEC in his senior season. At 6-foot-5, 315 pounds, Steen is one of the most athletic tackles in this year's class.
Steen is a developmental tackle prospect through and through. His combination of size, speed, and athleticism gives him a very high ceiling, although his technical ability is still a work in progress.
There aren't many offensive line prospects with ceilings like Steen still available at this stage of the draft. If he's on the board in the fifth round, the Jets should seriously consider adding him to their tackle room.