NY Jets land new star OL in 7-round 2023 NFL Mock Draft

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Round 1, 13th Overall, NY Jets: Peter Skoronski, OT, Northwestern

General manager Joe Douglas swung for the fences when he drafted Mekhi Becton with the 11th overall pick back in 2020. Becton's talent is undeniable, but the former Louisville star's inability to stay healthy has derailed his career to this point.

If Douglas had an opportunity at a re-do, perhaps he'd consider drafting future All-Pro Tristan Wirfs instead. Or maybe he can rectify his mistake by drafting a very similar prospect this year.

Northwestern's Peter Skoronski is widely considered to be one of the best, if not the best, offensive line prospects in this year's class. He's a technically-sound, three-year starting left tackle who projects as an instant-impact plus-starter in the NFL.

However, like with Wirfs, there are concerns about Skoronski's length and whether he could play tackle in the NFL. Instead of betting on a high physical ceiling as they did with Becton, the Jets bank on a player with a very high floor who should have a lengthy NFL career, whether at guard or tackle.

Round 2, 43rd Overall, NY Jets: Drew Sanders, LB, Arkansas

Here comes the high-upside, low(ish)-floor pick. Drew Sanders is a former five-star recruit who played mostly as an on-ball edge rusher at Alabama before transitioning to an off-ball linebacker role at Arkansas.

At 6-foot-5, 230 pounds, Sanders blends ridiculous size with excellent athleticism. His physical ceiling is as high as any linebacker in this class, and he proved last season that he can play in a traditional MIKE linebacker role.

The Jets could use linebacker help this offseason, even if the plan is to bring back Quincy Williams/Kwon Alexander to pair with C.J. Mosley.

Sanders would be perfect for the Jets as a day-one SAM linebacker who plays in the base 4-3 defense and could even contribute as a pass rusher. Ideally, he could take over for Mosley as the starting MIKE linebacker as early as 2024.