With so much draft capital, the NY Jets will be able to explore a large number of options this draft season. Most assume the Jets will target positions like the offensive line, pass rusher, wide receiver, or even cornerback early.
But one position most probably don't have the Jets addressing in the first round? Nose tackle.
However, that's exactly the scenario that was proposed in Bleacher Report's latest mock draft that had the Jets making two very questionable picks. Neither was particularly appealing, but the latter of the two first-round picks probably sticks out as even more egregious.
The mock had the Jets taking Purdue's George Karlaftis with the fourth overall pick with the likes of Ikem Ekwonu, Charles Cross, and others still on the board.
And then, with the 10th overall pick, the Jets selected Georgia defensive tackle Jordan Davis over players like David Ojabo, Derek Stingley Jr., Ahmad Gardner, and any wide receiver minus Drake London, who was already picked.
It's safe to say, Jets fans probably wouldn't respond well if that actually happened.
NY Jets fans would riot if the team drafted Jordan Davis
Davis is a very intriguing prospect. At 6-foot-6, 340 pounds, Davis is a mountain of a man who dominated opposing offensive linemen at the collegiate level and projects as an instant stud run-defender in the NFL.
He's an exceptional athlete for his size too with the athletic traits to give him a relatively high ceiling as a pass rusher too. Davis is probably the best nose tackle prospect the NFL has seen since Vita Vea, but therein lies the issue.
Jordan Davis is a nose tackle. In no universe would it make sense for the Jets to draft a nose tackle with a top-10 pick.
The obvious arguments relate to position value. Davis would likely be more of a two-down run-stopper, at least early in his career, and the Jets have far greater needs to address than the interior of their defensive line.
But even aside from the obvious talking points, Davis makes little sense for the Jets from a schematic standpoint. There really isn't room for a 340-pound nose tackle in the Jets' aggressive, attacking 4-3 scheme.
We saw Folorunso Fatukasi take a step back as a run defender in 2021 as the former sixth-round pick was thrust into a role that didn't suit him. With Fatukasi set to hit free agency, it would make virtually no sense for the Jets to use a top-10 pick on a player who would essentially just replace him.
The Jets aren't looking for hulking space-eaters in the middle of their defense. They're looking for athletic dynamos who can attack upfield and rush the passer from an interior position.
But either way, they aren't looking for those guys on Day 1 of the draft. The Jets aren't going to draft Jordan Davis — you can pretty much bank on that.