May 31, 2023

Jets and Giants beat writers Brian Costello and Paul Schwartz predict the players each team will pick in Thursday’s first round of the 2023 NFL Draft which is held in Kansas City, Mo.:

Costello’s call

OT Broderick Jones, Georgia

We correctly predicted that the Jets would draft Sauce Gardner and Garrett Wilson last year.

This year is trickier at number 15, but I still think at least one of the best tackles will be available when the 15th pick arrives.

The Jets originally had the No. 13 pick, but shipped it to the Packers as part of the trade package in the Aaron Rodgers deal.

I’m going for Broderick Jones from Georgia.

He can start as a rookie at right tackle and become a long-term answer at left tackle after this season when both Duane Brown and Mekhi Becton are free agents.

Jones, who protected Stetson Bennett on Georgia’s national championship-winning team, reminds me of Jets great D’Brickashaw Ferguson in how he’s built.

Broderick Jones
Broderick Jones
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The Jets could only dream of landing another Ferguson.

Watch Brian Costello’s latest seven-round mock draft for the Jets.

Paul’s choice

W. R. Zay Flowers, Boston College

Daniel Jones didn’t get paid all that money to deliver the ball.

It seems that addressing the cornerback need can wait until the second round.

Zay flowers
Zay flowers
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Flowers, who left Boston College as the school’s all-time leader in receptions and touchdowns, is a dynamo and was only limited by the creativity of the coaches around him.

His size (5-foot-9, 170 pounds) isn’t ideal, but his speed, explosiveness, and movement on the field are all too high.

Do you think Brian Daboll and Mike Kafka can muster some creativity and find multiple roles for another playmaker?

Check out Paul Schwartz’s latest seven-round mock draft for the Giants.