NY Jets Mock Draft Roundup: Who the experts are picking at No. 15 overall
By Kelvin Mejia
With the Aaron Rodgers trade essentially official, the NY Jets now possess the No. 15 overall pick in the 2023 draft. With the 15th pick in the draft, many still believe the Jets will add an offensive lineman in an effort to get Aaron Rodgers some protection.
Last year, the Jets' offensive line allowed 42 sacks, so going into this season, it is going to be important to keep their 39-year-old QB upright.
With the re-signing of Connor McGovern, the Jets don't necessarily have to worry about the center position for now. There are still other questions for the rest of the offensive line position.
Offensive tackle Mekhi Becton has fallen short of expectations thus far. Over the past two seasons, Becton has played just one game due to injuries. Will the Jets be able to find his replacement or at least add more depth to their offensive line?
That said, here are a couple of players the experts believe the Jets could select with the No. 15 overall pick in this year's draft.
Who do the experts have the NY Jets picking in mock drafts?
Ryan Wilson (CBS Sports) - Darnell Wright, OT, Tennessee
"The Jets still land a talented offensive lineman after moving back two spots from the Rodgers trade. Wright had Day 3 grades coming into the 2022 season and was dominant for the Vols once he moved to the right side. And he capped that off with a strong Senior Bowl week and pre-draft process. Don't be surprised if he makes his way into the middle of Round 1."- Ryan Wilson
Ryan Wilson of CBS Sports has the Jets selecting Tennessee's Darnell Wright with the No. 15 pick in the draft. The previous consensus pick had seemed to be Northwestern's Peter Skoronski. Skoronski is considered one of the best offensive tackles in the draft, but he might not be available at pick 15.
The 6-foot-5, 333-pound Wright is considered to be one of the better tackles in this class as well. One of the many positive things about Wright is his experience playing both left and right tackle. Wright is also an above-average athlete with a massive frame.
On the other hand, Wright struggles with his consistency and doesn't have ideal length for the position. He might be better fit as a pure right tackle at the next level.
Eric Edholm (NFL Network) - Broderick Jones, OT Georgia
"Jones is not a perfect prospect, but he has natural athleticism and appears to have a frame capable of carrying more mass. If coached up properly, Jones could have Pro Bowl upside. With Aaron Rodgers finally headed to New York, protecting the 39-year-old future Hall of Famer is now a massive priority."- Eric Edholm
In Eric Edholm's first-round mock draft, he has the Jets selecting Georgia offensive tackle Boderick Jones. Jones has become arguably the consensus pick for Gang Green.
While physically gifted, Jones only has 19 career starts under his belt. He's not as polished as some of the other tackles in this class, but he has genuine All-Pro potential if he reaches his ceiling.