NY Jets trade down and address OL in 7-round 2023 NFL Mock Draft

Darnell Wright, NY Jets
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We are a month out from the draft, and the NY Jets acquired some more draft capital in the Elijah Moore trade last week, so it is a perfect time to do a new mock draft.

Using Pro Football Focus’s mock draft simulator, let’s take a look at what a successful Jets draft could look like post-Aaron Rodgers trade.

NY Jets acquire Aaron Rodgers in a trade from the Green Bay Packers

Before we start, this is a prediction for what the Aaron Rodgers trade will wind up being. The Jets currently hold picks 42 and 43 in the draft. I do not think that the 13th pick or both of those second-round picks will be sent to Green Bay.

It is more realistic that a player like Corey Davis is sent with one of those two second-round picks and a second-round pick next year that could become a first-round pick if a number of conditions are met.

NY Jets trade down with the Los Angeles Chargers

To recoup even more of that draft capital lost in the Rodgers trade, the Jets trade back from pick 13 with the Chargers for pick 21, a second-round pick, and a third-round pick.

The Jets are in a tricky spot where they have some pretty big holes at spots and, to this point in free agency, have not filled them, so extra draft picks would be nice.

Round 1, 21 Overall, NY Jets: Darnell Wright, OT, Tennessee

If the Jets do stay and pick at 13, in all likelihood, it will be an offensive tackle, and even though they traded back, they still go with an offensive tackle here with Darnell Wright.

This pick could have been a center, which is a big need, but there are a couple of centers that will likely go around the Jets' next pick, so that can wait.

The Jets' current offensive tackles, Duane Brown, Mekhi Becton, and Max Mitchell, are all coming off injuries, and after Robert Saleh’s press conference at the NFL meetings, it sounds like they want to keep Alijah Vera-Tucker at right guard. The point is the Jets need some assurance at offensive tackle.

Wright is an interesting prospect with varying opinions on where he will end up going, but one interesting name is pretty high on him. NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah has Wright as his second-ranked offensive tackle and 17th overall player.

Jeremiah and Joe Douglas worked together with the Baltimore Ravens, and the Jets drafted three of Jeremiah’s top-10 players and four of his top-30 players last year. Of course, the Jets had a lot of picks last year, so it’s not that eye-opening, but maybe there is something there.

Wright is a big offensive tackle at 6-foot-5 and 333 pounds. Per Pro Football Focus, Wright had his best season in college this past year, not allowing a sack in almost 900 snaps at right tackle after struggling at left tackle in 2021.

This would leave the Jets with two options at each tackle position: Brown and Becton at left tackle and Wright and Mitchell at right tackle.