Round 5, Pick 143: Anthony Johnson Jr., DB, Iowa State
The New York Jets did just trade for Chuck Clark, but Clark, Ashtyn Davis, and Jordan Whitehead are all free agents after the season. That leaves a giant hole at safety for 2024 and beyond. The 2023 NFL Draft doesn’t have a good safety class, so forcing the position early isn’t worth it. But, you might find a gem later in the draft. That could be Iowa State’s Anthony Johnson Jr. Johnson made the transition from corner to safety, and can still thrive in a hybrid role. He makes timely plays and can handle reading out concepts or staying in coverage against slot receivers.
Round 5, Pick 170: Josh Whyle, TE, Cincinnati
Yes, the New York Jets are pretty deep at tight end right now with Tyler Conklin and C.J. Uzomah. They also selected Jeremy Ruckert in the third round in 2022. But, the Jets have had meetings with tight ends and have shown interest in the position. If they want more speed and a receiving type at tight end to roam the middle of the field, Josh Whyle would be an intriguing pick late. His functional athleticism shows up in his routes and he has the ability to win the football in the air, giving Rodgers another passing game target.