It is draft week, and with the Aaron Rodgers trade finally agreed upon, the NY Jets add protection and pass rush in the post-Aaron Rosger mock draft. According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Jets gave up the 13th, 42nd, and 207th picks in the 2023 draft and a conditional 2024 2nd-round pick that conveys into a first if Rodgers plays 65 percent of the plays. In return, the Jets acquired Rodgers, the number 15 overall pick, and the 170th pick in the 2023 draft. As the saying goes, deadlines make deals, and it seems that the deadline of the draft pushed the teams to agree to terms to bring Rodgers to New York.
While the trade compensation was not cheap, especially considering the likelihood of the conditional pick conveying into a first, the Jets will now have one of their most talented quarterbacks in franchise history. Rodgers immediately elevates the Jets and their roster to contender status, putting them into an all-in winning window.
Yet, the Jets still currently have five selections in the 2023 Draft. Using PFF’s Mock Draft Simulator, this mock draft will include the Jets’ updated selections with the Rodgers trade and will have the possibility for other trades.
NY Jets Add Protection and Pass Rush in Post-Aaron Rodgers Trade Mock Draft
Pick #15: Broderick Jones, OT, Georgia
Even with moving down from #13 to #15, the Jets still fill one of their most significant needs by adding the talented offensive lineman from Georgia. As I said in my last mock draft, Jones brings above-average athleticism to the position, as he posted a 4.97 forty-yard dash and a ten-foot-9-inch broad jump at the NFL Combine. Jones utilizes this athleticism to be a force in both the passing game and run game; according to PFF, Jones posted an 84.1 pass-blocking grade and a 71.7 run-blocking grade. Darnell Wright, another talented tackle prospect out of Tennessee, could also be a solid selection in this spot if Jones is no longer on the board. The Jets could also opt to trade out of the selection or target another position, such as edge rusher or wide receiver.
Jets receive: Pick #47, Pick #97
Commanders receive: Pick #43, 2024 fifth-round pick
With only five picks in the draft, the Jets trade down from #43 to #47, recouping a third-round pick while only needing to give up a future fifth-rounder in return. The trade allows the Jets to add a relatively premium talent in the second round while also having the opportunity to fill more holes on their roster.
Pick #47: BJ Ojulari, Edge, LSU
Even after trading back to #47, the Jets landed a talented player in Ojulari. Only 21 years old, Ojulari is already very skilled as a pass rusher and has showcased his skill at the position. According to PFF, Ojulari had a 17.7% pass rush win rate, an 83.0 pass rush grade, and nine sacks in 2022. Playing in the SEC, he succeeded in his opportunities against players such as Broderick Jones, who was selected with the team’s first-round pick. While his run defense is still a work in progress, highlighted by a 70.9 run defense grade, Ojulari brings enough juice with his pass rush that he would be a key cog in the Jets defense.
Pick #97: Jordan Battle, Safety, Alabama
With their third-rounder acquired from Washington, the Jets add a potential day-1 starter in Battle. Starting four years for Nick Saban at Alabama, Battle does not possess upper-level athleticism but provides solid production across the board. He has, according to PFF, posted coverage grades of 88.2 and 82.1 in the past two seasons. Battle also provides value in the run game, as he registered over 30 tackles and 15 assists in each of his last three seasons. Battle would be a physical safety that can both attack downhill in the run game and provide value in the passing game for the Jets.
Pick #112: Kobie Turner, DL, Wake Forest
On the smaller side for an interior defensive lineman, Turner adds more depth to the Jets’ defensive line. At Wake Forest, Turner generated three sacks, four quarterback hits, and 27 quarterback hurries. He also had a 93.1 PFF run defense grade and an 11.5% run stop rate, showcasing an ability to defend against the run. In the Jets’ defense, Turner would be a rotational player who would give the team immediate production in their attacking scheme.
Pick #143: Andrei Iosivas, WR, Princeton
With most of their other needs filled, the Jets added a developmental receiver that could pay dividends for the team in the future. At 6-foot-two-inches and 200 pounds, Iosivas has both the size and athleticism, highlighted by a 4.43 40-yard dash, to play at the next level. Iosivas also provides contested catch and run-after-the-catch ability; he had a 68.8% contested catch rate, 16 missed tackles, and 11 contested catches in 2022. Iosivas could potentially fill the team’s WR4 or WR5 role immediately due to his athleticism and skill.
Pick #170: Olusegun Oluwatimi, Center, Michigan
With the team resigning Connor McGovern, the Jets are able to take a center later in the draft. Olusegun Oluwatimi, the center out of Michigan, has both the experience and production that is necessary to play the center position. Oluwatimi has only allowed three total sacks and 12 combined quarterback hits in the past three seasons. He also is a benefit in the run game, grading out as a positive blocker in both PFF’s zone and gap-blocking grades. In not having to start immediately, Oluwatimi will have time to develop and be an asset on the Jets’ offensive line for years to come.
Even with the addition of Rodgers, the Jets still have to fill needs at a few different positions. If the Jets can have a draft close to the scenario displayed above, the team will not only be in a position to compete for a playoff spot, but for the AFC East division title and the conference overall.