NY Jets trade for Aaron Rodgers in 7-round 2023 NFL Mock Draft
Round 1, 13th Overall, NY Jets: Peter Skoronski, OT, Northwestern
Peter Skoronski is already one of the most contentious prospects in this year's draft. Some see the Northwestern standout as a long-term starting left tackle in the NFL with All-Pro upside. Others see him as more of an interior lineman with a limited physical ceiling.
The concerns about Skoronski's lack of length are valid to a degree, and he isn't nearly the athlete that Broderick Jones, or even Paris Johnson Jr., is. Still, I'm willing to bet on him being a successful NFL pro.
Skoronski took over for future NFL star Rashawn Slater at left tackle following his departure from Northwestern. In three years, Skoronski earned two first-team All-Big Ten selections, a Unanimous All-American selection in 2022, and was named the Rimington–Pace Offensive Lineman of the Year.
He's as technically sound as any offensive lineman in this draft class with a high level of football IQ to boot. Skoronski should immediately be able to step in as a day-one starter for any NFL team.
The question remains, where do you play him? Do the Jets see him as someone who can be their long-term left tackle of the future? Do they see him as a better fit at guard in the pros? That much remains unclear.
Flashback to the 2020 NFL Draft and the Jets faced a very similar situation with Mekhi Becton and Tristan Wirfs. The Jets chose Becton over the future All-Pro tackle because there were concerns about Wirfs' length and his ability to play left tackle.
General manager Joe Douglas opted for size, athleticism, and upside over fundamentals, technique, and floor. Maybe this year he opts for the opposite approach.