Post-Free Agency Jets Mock Draft Sees New York Add Weapons

The New York Jets are poised to make a splash in the NFL Draft after addressing the biggest needs in Free Agency

Dec 24, 2023; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA;  New York Jets head coach Robert Saleh pregame
Dec 24, 2023; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Jets head coach Robert Saleh pregame / Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports
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The Jets are positioned in a great place for the draft following the first week of free agency. Joe Douglas addressed key needs by signing guard John Simpson, tackle Tyron Smith, and trading for Morgan Moses.

The team also added defensive line depth with Javon Kinlaw and a backup to Aaron Rodgers in Tyrod Taylor.

These moves put the Jets in the dream spot in the NFL draft, allowing the team to take the best player available instead of picking for need.

10th Overall Pick - Brock Bowers - Tight End

Georgia tight end Brock Bowers (19) celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the second half of a
Georgia tight end Brock Bowers (19) celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the second half of a / Joshua L. Jones / USA TODAY NETWORK

For the first time all offseason we're able to envision the Jets selecting a position other than a tackle thanks to Joe Douglas trading for Morgan Moses and signing Tyron Smith.

Here the Jets select the best player available while also landing a much-needed weapon for Aaron Rodgers in Georgia tight end Brock Bowers. The Jets have gotten solid contributions out of Tyler Conklin but, Bowers' ceiling makes this offense leaps and bounds better.

Through the first six games of the season, Bowers was the Heisman front-runner with 548 yards and four touchdowns while only playing the first half of most games. However, an injury held Bowers to just 714 yards and 6 touchdowns on the season.

The size and speed of Bowers is so rare in a tight end it makes it tough for any team to pass on Bowers especially a team like the Jets in dire need of playmakers. The addition of Bowers would give the Jets an additional threat in the receiving game outside of Garrett Wilson while the Jets can build around their young pass-catching combo.

New York will need to expand Bowers' route tree from his time at Georgia by adding more to his repertoire. The other major concern with Bowers is his ability to be a consistent run blocker, though his talent on the receiving end makes this a non-issue.