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Who do recent 2023 NFL mock drafts have the Jets picking at 13?

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Just over a week remains until the 2023 NFL Draft gets underway. Let’s take a look at whom the pundits are mocking to the Jets. There is a clear theme.

Dane Brugler

13. New York Jets: Paris Johnson Jr., OT, Ohio State

Mekhi Becton and Duane Brown are back in 2023 for the Jets, but both playing a full 17-game regular-season schedule seems unlikely. Johnson not only would provide immediate and playable depth at tackle, he also would give the franchise a long-term road map at the position.

Peter Schrager

13. New York Jets

Broderick Jones

Georgia · OT · Sophomore (RS)

I am not sure if Aaron Rodgers will be the Jets’ quarterback by the time they are on the clock, but either way, I don’t see this pick going to Green Bay. I do see the Jets addressing the offensive line, one of the team’s biggest needs after injuries riddled the unit a year ago. Teams appear to be split on whether Jones, Peter Skoronski or Paris Johnson Jr. will be the first O-lineman taken.

Pro Football Focus (Analytics Based)


There is nothing wrong with continuing to invest resources at premium positions. In fact, in many ways, we could argue teams don’t do enough of it — especially at quarterback. Jones requires some continued growth at setting his anchor and not succumbing to bull rushes so frequently but is a remarkable athlete in space. He allowed only a 2.3% pressure rate on true pass sets in 2022, ranking 10th among FBS tackles.

The Ringer

13. New York Jets - Peter Skoronski, OT, Northwestern

his pick is all about flexibility for the Jets. With a pair of volatile potential starters at left tackle in Mekhi Becton and Duane Brown, New York could benefit from having a high-quality backup plan in place. At the very least, Skoronski can slide in at guard early in his career and give the team a stable interior presence, which should benefit the soon-to-be-acquired Aaron Rodgers (right?).

Ryan Wilson

13. New York Jets - Broderick Jones, OT, Georgia

The Jets added depth along the interior offensive line with Wes Schweitzer and Trystan Colon-Castillo, but questions remain about former first-rounder Mekhi Becton. It’s a matter of if, not when Aaron Rodgers arrives, and protecting him will be priority No. 1 given how good this defense was in 2022. Broderick Jones, meanwhile, had a strong ‘22 campaign for Georgia, where he has faced some of the best defensive players in the country every day at practice for the last two years. He’s not yet a finished product but he has the athleticism and strength to be a difference-maker when he puts it all together.

It is no surprise to see such a focus on tackle. It remains a glaring need for this team, and the Jets need to upgrade their offensive line with the anticipated trade for a 39 year old quarterback. The odds are high the 13th pick is used on a tackle.