The 2023 NFL Draft is less than a week away, and both the NY Jets and Green Bay Packers are eyeing this week's event as a sort of "soft deadline" for the Aaron Rodgers trade.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reported on Thursday that Friday night is considered the so-called "soft deadline" for the Rodgers deal. Friday is the second night of the draft, and the Jets hold picks 42 and 43 in the second round.
If the Packers want any sort of 2023 draft capital, they'll have to come to an agreement on a trade prior to the Jets making their selections.
The assumption has been that the Jets will include one of their two second-round picks in the Rodgers deal, but the only way that happens is if a trade is finalized before Saturday. Friday night is essentially the next "deadline" of sorts in this ongoing saga.
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Jets should avoid drafting Broderick Jones?
Bleacher Report's Alex Kay recently listed one prospect every NFL team "must avoid" in the 2023 NFL Draft, and there was a surprising choice for the Jets.
Kay insisted that the Jets should avoid drafting Georgia offensive tackle Broderick Jones with the No. 13 overall pick. This comes as a bit of a surprise, given that Jones is one of the most popular players projected to the Jets in mock drafts.
Kay's reasoning centers around Jones' lack of experience and polish. The 21-year-old is undoubtedly talented, but there are concerns about how quickly he might adapt to the NFL game. He has some boom-or-bust potential to his game.
The Jets seem likely to address their offensive line, but they may have reservations about Jones if they're looking for more of a high-floor, day-one starter.
Jets select Paris Johnson Jr. in mock draft
Speaking of popular picks for the Jets in mock drafts, a recent mock from Steve Serby of the New York Post has the Jets selecting Ohio State offensive tackle Paris Johnson Jr. at pick 13.
Johnson is widely seen as one of the best, if not the best, offensive tackles in this year's class. The 21-year-old was named a Consensus All-American in 2022, and he has experience playing both guard and tackle.
Serby noted that drafting Johnson would reunite him with fellow former Ohio State standouts in Garrett Wilson and Jeremy Ruckert while also suggesting that it could "light a fire under Mekhi Becton."
Johnson is my personal favorite target for the Jets in this year's draft. This would be a home-run selection for Gang Green.