The NY Jets' 2023 season is over. Sure, the team still has three games remaining on its schedule. There is more football to be played. But does any of it really matter?
The Jets have officially been eliminated from playoff contention for the 13th consecutive season. There isn't a professional sports franchise in major American sports that has a longer postseason drought.
The Jets have clinched their eighth consecutive losing season. Yet, despite their dreadful Week 15 loss, the plan remains the same. They will run it back with virtually the same regime next season. The hope is that Aaron Rodgers can fix everything.
Any hope of Rodgers returning this season disappeared following the Jets' dismal loss to the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. Now, the attention is solely on next season. And with that, Jets fans turn their attention to the 2024 NFL Draft.
Where do the Jets pick in the 2024 NFL Draft?
At the time of writing, the Jets are slated to pick sixth overall in the upcoming 2024 NFL Draft. Their loss to Miami leaves them at 5-9 with three games remaining in the season.
The Jets will have an opportunity to continue climbing up the draft rankings, with two of their remaining three games against the Washington Commanders (4-10) and the New England Patriots (3-11).
A loss to the Commanders on Christmas Eve next week would likely propel the Jets to a top-five pick in the draft. The Jets also currently have the strength of schedule tiebreaker over Washington.
While a top-two pick might be asking a lot, the Jets can very easily finish with a top-five selection if they lose at least two of their remaining three games.
That could put the Jets in a position to select one of the top offensive tackle prospects, such as Notre Dame's Joe Alt or Penn State's Olu Fashanu, or a premier wide receiver prospect like Marvin Harrison Jr.
Jets fans would rather be discussing a potential playoff appearance. Instead, we're back refreshing Tankathon every week. Such is life for the New York Jets.