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NY Jets land the No. 1 pass-blocking OL in NFL.com mock draft

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Would New York Jets fans be happy with NFL.com’s latest mock draft?

NFL.com’s Chad Reuter published a four-round mock draft on Friday. His projected outcome for the New York Jets is one that fans would likely find bittersweet.

With the 13th overall pick, Reuter has the Jets selecting Northwestern offensive tackle Peter Skoronski. Reuter has Skoronski as the second offensive tackle going off the board; Ohio State’s Paris Johnson Jr. was selected by Tennessee with the 11th pick.

Skoronski is widely considered to be the most polished pass-blocking prospect in this year’s draft, and the numbers back that up. In 2022, Skoronski allowed a pressure rate of just 1.14% on “true pass sets”, per Pro Football Focus, which was the best mark in college football among 228 qualified FBS tackles.

Many Jets fans would be happy with the Skoronski selection, but Reuter’s projection for what happens in round two would not garner rave reviews among the green-and-white faithful.

Reuter has the Jets trading both of their second-round picks (Nos. 42 and 43) to the Green Bay Packers for Aaron Rodgers. While it’s a preferable package to anything that includes the 13th overall pick, most Jets fans believe their team will be able to acquire Rodgers by giving up only one of the two second-round picks in addition to another conditional pick or two in a later round.

In the fourth round, Reuter has the Jets selecting Bowling Green defensive tackle Karl Brooks with the 112th overall pick. As a fifth-year senior in 2022, Brooks dominated MAC competition to the tune of 10 sacks and 18 tackles for loss in 13 games.

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