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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135th Overall Pick - Javon Baker - Wide Receiver

UCF's wide receiver Javon Baker (1) runs for a touchdown against Texas Tech in a Big 12 football
UCF's wide receiver Javon Baker (1) runs for a touchdown against Texas Tech in a Big 12 football / Annie Rice/Avalanche-Journal / USA TODAY

The Jets are more than just one receiver away from having a good core. Here New York lands a true deep threat in UCF's Javon Baker, who fills the need the team was looking for when they signed Mecole Hardman.

As one of the top receivers coming out of high school, Baker started his career in a loaded receiver room at Alabama before transferring to UCF. This season Baker finally hit his true potential, catching 52 passes for 1,139 yards and seven touchdowns.

The addition of Baker would allow Garrett Wilson to slide into the slot receiver role while the team can sign or draft another outside receiver. The Jets failed with signings Randall Cobb, Mecole Hardman, and Allen Lazard, so landing a cheap option for Aaron Rodgers would be massive for roster construction going forward.

185th Overall Pick - Zion Tupuola-Fetui - Edge Rusher

Oct 21, 2023; Seattle, Washington, USA; Washington Huskies defensive end Zion Tupuola-Fetui (4)
Oct 21, 2023; Seattle, Washington, USA; Washington Huskies defensive end Zion Tupuola-Fetui (4) / Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

The Jets lost one of their most important pieces in Bryce Huff, who left for the Eagles, creating questions about this squad's edge group. New York will need to add depth at the position in the draft and there may be no player with higher upside late in the draft than Zion Tupuola-Fetui.

The Washington edge rusher's 3.5 sacks aren't impressive, however, he was often asked to drop into coverage which speaks volumes about his versatility. Tupuola-Fetui can give the Jets pass rush upside while also having a chance to become a chess piece for Robert Saleh.