5 Impressive Prospects That Could Fall to the Jets at No. 72

Every year, we see top draft talent shock everyone as they slide down the draft boards, and the Jets are in a perfect position to pounce with the 72nd overall pick
Feb 28, 2024; Indianapolis, IN, USA; New York Jets general manager Joe Douglas speaks at a press
Feb 28, 2024; Indianapolis, IN, USA; New York Jets general manager Joe Douglas speaks at a press / Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
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2. Xavier Legette - Wide Receiver - South Carolina

South Carolina's Xavier Legette is another case of a player getting hurt because of a deep draft class, as in most years he'd be a lock to be selected in the first round. The Jets would be ecstatic to land a playmaker of Legette's caliber in round three should he fall.

The only receiver that rivals Legette on contested catches in this class may be Rome Odunze, who's a projected top ten selection. Despite being just 6 foot 1, Legette has the ideal mass for an NFL receiver with a compact frame. The athleticism Legette plays with is off the charts, and it's paired with great hands and a great sense of awareness that will make him a star in the NFL.

If the Jets miss out on the big three of Marvin Harrison Jr, Malik Nabers, and Rome Odunze, then they'll have a chance at landing a receiver that rivals them at 72. The addition of Legette to the Jets offense would allow the team flexibility, as all three receivers could line up in the slot or on the outside, making the team impossible to gameplan for.

1. Cooper Beebe - Interior Offensive Line - Kansas State

The New York Jets made a flurry of moves to bolster the offensive line this off-season, but they're all very short-sighted in trading for Morgan Moses and signing Tyron Smith and John Simpson. Left guard John Simpson was signed on essentially a one-year deal, meaning that the Jets will be looking for a guard next season.

The guard position is hard to evaluate as many have a player like Cooper Beebe as a late first/early second-round pick while others have him graded as a third-round prospect.

Despite not having an immediate need for a guard, Joe Douglas would likely run to the podium himself to select Beebe. He is possibly the best run blocker in the class and could immediately step in as a starter at guard.

If Beebe had a bigger frame he'd potentially have first-round buzz as a prospect, yet whoever lands him on Day 2 of the NFL Draft is getting an instant starter and a stud.

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