Possible NY Jets pick at No. 10 could dominate Combine after injury recovery

The Jets need to take a big swing

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The NY Jets have been linked to many of the top offensive tackles in the 2024 NFL Draft, but it seems unlikely that either Notre Dame's Joe Alt or Penn State's Olu Fashanu will end up within their grasp. The Jets might need to take a swing on a toolsy prospect at No. 10 overall.

Popular picks for the Jets, should both Alt or Fashanu be picked before them at No. 10, including Oregon State's Taliese Fuaga and Alabama's JC Latham. After undergoing a very tough, injury-riddled season, one of the top prospects in his class might be back on the Jets' radar.

Georgia offensive tackle Amarius Mims is now fully healthy and will participate in on-field drills at the 2024 NFL Combine after undergoing ankle surgery. After an injury-plagued final season with the Bulldogs, fans will finally get to see the dynamic star who was regarded as a top prospect for most of his college career.

Why is this a big deal? It might just give the Jets some clarity on the viability of taking Mims at No. 10 overall. As lofty as it might sound, drafting purely on long-term potential might make Mims more attractive to a GM in Douglas who loves physical traits than either Fuaga or Latham.

Amarius Mims could be picked by NY Jets at No. 10

Mims is a 6-8 mountain of a tackle with the athleticism to boot, and Joe Douglas has made a habit of spending his top picks on physical marvels and high-end athletes. Before his injury, he was regarded as a better prospect than all but the Fashanu-Alt dynamic duo at the top of the draft.

Unlike Becton, who was very much a raw power player, Mims possesses great mobility for a player his size. With a good pop out of his stance and a willingness to get to the second level, Mims' production against some of the best defenders in the country as an SEC starter should be noted.

His flaws stem from a lack of experience, as his injury-riddled final season left precious few reps against quality competition on tape. This would be another bet on potential instead of a player who might be an instant contributor during his rookie season.