Jets 7-Round Mock Draft After Super Bowl: Protection for Rodgers Arrives

How the New York Jets might approach the 2024 NFL Draft.

General manager Joe Douglas and head coach Robert Saleh at the New York Jets Rookie Camp, held at
General manager Joe Douglas and head coach Robert Saleh at the New York Jets Rookie Camp, held at / Chris Pedota/NorthJersey.com / USA TODAY
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72nd Overall Pick - Jalen McMillan -Wide Receiver - Washington

Michigan defensive back Mike Sainristil (0) tackles Washington wide receiver Jalen McMillan (11)
Michigan defensive back Mike Sainristil (0) tackles Washington wide receiver Jalen McMillan (11) / Junfu Han / USA TODAY NETWORK

The signings of Allen Lazard and Randall Cobb were major flops for the New York Jets as the team desperately needed a second productive wide receiver. Enter Jalen McMillan a true possession wide receiver that can make an impact from Day One. McMillan would likely be in the conversation as a first-round pick if not for a leg injury that kept him from repeating as a 1,000-yard receiver.

Jalen McMillan won't blow anyone away with his size or speed but, his route running is what makes him an incredible prospect. McMillan understands how to separate from man coverage while finding the holes in zone coverage at a high level for a college receiver. The addition of McMillan would give Rodgers another reliable receiver opposite of Garrett Wilson hopefully, opening up the Jets passing attack.

11th Overall Pick- Jaden Hicks - Safety - Washington State

Nov 5, 2022; Stanford, California, USA; Washington State Cougars defensive back Jaden Hicks (25)
Nov 5, 2022; Stanford, California, USA; Washington State Cougars defensive back Jaden Hicks (25) / Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

The Jets will need to make a decision on if they're going to re-sign pending free agent safety Jordan Whitehead and while he won't command a massive deal, GMs prefer not to pay safeties. Jaden Hicks is the exact high-upside safety you'd hope to see the team draft to join a young defense.

At 6'3, 212 pounds, Hicks brings a rare blend of size and quickness to the safety position that makes him a true diamond in the rough in this year's draft.

The upside is clear. Hicks has shown massive ability in the run game while having the ability to match up in man coverage with any receiver or tight end. Hicks could become a chess piece type of player for Robert Saleh's defense and would be a great addition regardless of whether the team brings back Whitehead or not.