If the New York Jets learned one thing in 2023, it's that the offense can't survive an injury to Aaron Rodgers and that will most likely shine through in its draft. The Jets have done well scouting youngsters under Joe Douglas outside of selecting Zach Wilson second overall.
The 2024 draft is another important one for Douglas and co. Here's how the front office could approach the annual event this April.
10th Overall Pick: Olu Fashanu - Tackle - Penn State
The entire Jets season will revolve around the health of Aaron Rodgers, and the best way to keep him healthy is to beef up his protection. Mekhi Becton will be a free agent this offseason and the team tried to take its tackle of the future last draft but the Pittsburgh Steelers got in the way.
Enter Olu Fashanu, a First-Team All-Big Ten selection at left tackle.
Fashanu, at 6-foot6 and 320 pounds, has the physical traits to dominate the NFL as a rookie. In 21 career starts at Penn State Fashanu only allowed one sack. The argument for Fashanu over tackles Joe Alt and JC Latham is the upside.
Fashanu doesn't have the experience of the other two but in just 21 starts he's blossomed into one of the best tackles in the country. With the right coaching staff Fashanu could easily become an All-Pro while on his rookie contract.
72nd Overall Pick: Adisa Isaac - Edge Rusher - Penn State
Edge rusher will be one of the biggest areas that needs to be addressed entering the 2024 season with Bryce Huff, Carl Lawson, and Quinton Jefferson all hitting free agency. The Jets could dip right back into the Penn State well to add a talented edge rusher in Adisa Isaac.
In 2023, Isaac recorded 7.5 sacks, 37 tackles, and a forced fumble. Isaac could join Jermaine Johnson and Will McDonald IV in creating a young explosive edge room for the New York Jets going forward.
111th Overall Pick: Johnny Wilson - Wide Receiver - Florida State
Outside of Garrett Wilson, none of the Jets Wide receivers were productive in 2023 with Allen Lazard, Xavier Gipson, Jason Brownlee, Randall Cobb, Malik Taylor, and Mecole Hardman accounting for 654 yards to Wilson's 1,042. Johnny Wilson would go a long way towards fixing the receiving issues for the Jets.
Wilson accounted for 41 catches, 617 yards, and two touchdowns in a Florida State offense that took a nose dive once Jordan Travis was injured. Wilson's 6-foot-7 frame will provide Aaron Rodgers with a massive target to throw to.