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

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Round 3, 74th Overall, NY Jets: Brandon Joseph, S, Notre Dame

I fully expect the Jets to address the safety position in a pretty stacked crop of free-agent safeties, but even if they do, targeting one in the middle rounds of the draft makes sense.

Notre Dame's Brandon Joseph is one of my favorite safeties in this year's class. He was an absolute ballhawk at Northwestern before transferring to Notre Dame, racking up six interceptions and eight passes defended in just nine games in 2020.

He's not the most explosive athlete, but Joseph has good size at 6-foot-1, 192 pounds, and has the instincts needed to be a force in coverage as a traditional free safety.

He's still a work in progress as a tackler in open space, but I can see Joseph being an early starter in the NFL. This was an easy pick for me at this spot in the draft.

Round 4, 112th Overall, NY Jets: Jaquelin Roy, DT, LSU

One of the more underrated needs for the Jets this offseason is at defensive tackle, with Sheldon Rankins, Solomon Thomas, and Nathan Shepherd all set to hit free agency. Drafting one in the middle rounds seems like an obvious route.

LSU's Jaquelin Roy blends great size (6-foot-4, 315 pounds) with impressive athleticism that gives him legitimate Pro Bowl upside in the NFL. His production never quite matched his physical tools, but Roy provides a solid foundation as both a pass rusher and run defender.

He's also a pretty experienced player, having appeared in 31 career games as part of LSU's defensive line rotation. Roy is a more refined run defender at this stage, but his athletic upside leaves plenty of room to grow as a pass rusher.

The Jets need to beef up the interior of their defensive line, and Roy would absolutely accomplish that.