NY Jets Mock Draft Roundup: Jets connected to top OT prospects and rising WR

Who do the experts have the Jets drafting?

Joe Alt
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We're officially a little more than two months away from the start of the 2024 NFL Draft, and the NY Jets continue to be connected to many of the top prospects in this year's draft class.

With the 10th overall pick in the draft, the Jets should have an opportunity to select an instant-impact contributor who can help the team compete in 2024 and beyond. At least, that's the hope.

The team's 2023 draft class didn't exactly make an immediate impact, certainly not compared to the Jets' 2022 draft class. The hope is that this year's draft could provide a little more early value to the organization.

Here is a quick look at who the experts have the Jets taking in three of the latest 2024 NFL mock drafts.

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Joe Alt, OT, Notre Dame - CBS Sports

Notre Dame's Joe Alt has emerged as the consensus top offensive tackle prospect in this year's class, which is why it's surprising that some outlets still have him falling to the Jets at pick No. 10. Jets fans won't complain, however.

CBS Sports' mock draft has some wild predictions, including Drake Maye falling to the fifth overall pick, Brock Bowers falling outside the top 10, and both Taliese Fuaga and Olu Fashanu being taken before Alt. Fuaga was the first tackle off the board with the sixth overall pick.

This would be a dream scenario for the Jets. Alt is probably the most NFL-ready tackle prospect in this year's class, with 2.5 years of starting experience at left tackle. At 6-foot-7, 322 pounds, he also blends outstanding size with excellent athleticism.

Alt would be an immediate plug-and-play starting left tackle for the Jets. If he's still on the board by the time they pick, expect the Jets to run in their draft card.

Olu Fashanu, OT, Penn State - ESPN

Field Yates' mock draft for ESPN is a little more traditional, and he has the Jets selecting Penn State offensive tackle Olu Fashanu in the first round. Alt was taken fifth overall in this projection, leaving Fashanu to be the second tackle off the board.

Fashanu has 21 career collegiate starts at left tackle under his belt, allowing just one sack throughout his college career. He was a Consensus All-American in 2023 and was named the Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year this past season.

At 6-foot-6, 317 pounds, Fashanu is another excellent athlete with impressive size who should have no trouble starting early in his career. While Alt has emerged as the most popular OT1 in this draft class, there are some who still have Fashanu ahead of him.

If the Jets are able to land either of the two top tackles in this year's class, that has to be considered a win for the organization.

Keon Coleman, WR, Florida State - Pro Football Network

This is an interesting one. A lot of attention has been paid to many of the top wide receivers in this year's class, as the likes of Marvin Harrison Jr., Malik Nabers, and Rome Odunze have all garnered consistent top-10 buzz. The same can't be said for Keon Coleman.

While Coleman has been regularly mocked in the first round, Pro Football Network's projection that he could go as high as 10th overall to the Jets is definitely surprising. Nonetheless, Coleman is an intriguing prospect.

At 6-foot-4, 215 pounds, Coleman is a prototypical X receiver who shined at Michigan State before transferring to Florida State for his final season. His production may have dipped, but he still earned first-team All-ACC honors.

Coleman was notably absent from the first round of both other mock drafts, which makes his inclusion at this spot all the more surprising. Odunze, for reference, wasn't taken until pick 14. Brock Bowers went 14th overall. Heck, even Taliese Fuaga fell all the way to pick No. 20 overall.

Coleman's stock is rising, but 10 feels rich for him at this stage. The Jets do need receiver help, though, so his name is likely on their radar.