Jets Mock Draft: Surrounding QB Aaron Rodgers with protection and pass catchers

Aaron Rodgers, a future Hall of Famer, took his talents to the Big Apple this offseason. Unfortunately, his debut game with the New York Jets proved to be the only contest he’d appear. Now, in today’s mock draft, the Jets add protection and pass catchers.

Dec 17, 2023; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; New York Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers (8) walks onto
Dec 17, 2023; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; New York Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers (8) walks onto / Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
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Latest Jets Mock Draft Starts With A Trade

Don’t get me wrong, the Jets should not make a massive move down the board. However, if the Las Vegas Raiders, for example, offer future (and current) draft resources on top of the No. 12 overall pick — it’s a no-brainer trade to make for the Jets.

Raiders Receive:
•No. 7 Overall (2023)

Jets Receive:
•No. 12 Overall (2023)
•No. 43 Overall (2023)
•Future 2nd Round Pick (2024)

Round 1, No. 12 — J.C. Latham, OT, Alabama

After a smart mock draft trade, the Jets add a Day 2 pick this year and next while still ending up with one of the top offensive tackles available. J.C. Latham is as polished as they come, showing teach tape technique as a blocker. His motor is red-hot and the hand usage he puts on tape is amongst the best in the class.

For New York, Latham would slot in immediately as the team’s starting right tackle — a position he spent the majority of his time with Alabama. That gives Mekhi Becton another chance to potentially prove his worth on the blindside while Alijah Vera-Tucker and Joe Tippman play guard and center, respectively.

More Help On The Offensive Line For The Jets!

Round 2, No. 43 (via LV) — Troy Fautanu, OL, Washington

Surprised? You shouldn’t be. The Jets need more juice upfront and with a second-rounder via the earlier trade, they do exactly that. Troy Fautanu is the starting left tackle for Washington, but he grades best as a guard on my Big Board.

Fautanu is built better for the interior, where he can utilize his incredible core strength and trademark power to shut down opposing defensive tackles. He shows above-average footwork and hand usage in space, so if Becton is unable to stay healthy, or remains ineffective, Fautanu profiles as an insurance piece on the blindside.

In a perfect world, Becton will reach the next level of development with a healthy Vera-Tucker holding down right guard. Tippman at center is a lock, making Fautanu the expected starter at left guard as a rookie. Flanked by Tippman and Becton on each side, the Washington Husky product can keep Rodgers clean.