The Jets enter Day 2 of the 2023 NFL Draft with only a single pick combined in the second and third rounds. The team’s own second rounder now belongs with Green Bay after the Aaron Rodgers trade. The third rounder went with Elijah Moore to Cleveland for that 43rd pick.
Who do mock drafters expect the Jets to get at 43?
43. NEW YORK JETS: LB DREW SANDERS, ARKANSAS
Sanders provides off-ball LB skills with excellent pass-rushing skills. He flourished in that role at Arkansas after transferring from Alabama, as his range and ability to take on blocks shined. He collected 11 sacks and 39 total pressures as a blitzer alone in 2022.
43. New York Jets: Dawand Jones, OT, Ohio State
The Jets got leapfrogged for Broderick Jones in the first round, but here they’re able to land a plug-and-play offensive tackle in Jones, who has a massive frame and eye-popping wingspan.
43. New York Jets Drew Sanders, Arkansas · LB · Junior
Dynamic defender with good rush/blitz ability and exciting upside as a playmaking linebacker.
43. New York Jets Matthew Bergeron OT SYRACUSE • JR • 6’5” / 318 LBS
This is an athletic OT who can play on an island and become a starter if he adds more strength.
43. New York Jets: John Michael Schmitz, IOL, Minnesota (7.5)
Offensive line remains an issue after the Jets missed out on the consensus top prospects last night. Linebacker is one of the weakest spots on the defense, and CJ Mosley isn't getting any younger which could also make Sanders a fit. That said, it might be tough for the Jets to use neither of their top 100 picks on a player who projects as an immediate starter. Sanders’ ability to rush the passer in addition to his off ball skills could make him an intriguing enough player for the Jets to grab even so.