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New York Jets 7-round mock draft: Troy Fautanu heads to New York in Round 1

2TAC9EJ SEATTLE, WA - NOVEMBER 25: Washington's #55 (OL) Troy Fautanu during the 115th Apple Cup college football game between the Washington Huskies versus the Washington State Cougars on November 25, 2023, at Husky Stadium in Seattle, WA. (Photo by Jesse Beals/Icon Sportswire) (Icon Sportswire via AP Images)

Round 1, Pick 10: T Troy Fautanu, Washington: Fautanu is one of the best athletes in this offensive line class. His flexibility, agility and coordination could allow him to see meaningful reps at all five offensive line spots, but his long-term home is likely at guard or center.

Round 3, Pick 72: WR Javon Baker, UCF: Baker spent two years at Alabama but failed to crack the team's starting wide receiver group consistently, and he ultimately landed at UCF. His scouting report starts with his competitive nature.

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As the 2024 NFL Draft nears, our seven-round team mock draft series continues with the New York Jets.

Round 1, Pick 10: T Troy Fautanu, Washington

Fautanu is one of the best athletes in this offensive line class. His flexibility, agility and coordination could allow him to see meaningful reps at all five offensive line spots, but his long-term home is likely at guard or center.

He has fast hands for flashes, repositioning and first contact. He also has a motor that never quits, and he looks to finish defenders whenever he can.

Fautanu’s aggressiveness is nice to see, but it can get him in trouble. He tends to overextend when punching and oversetting in pass protection. His power profile is good only when he has momentum. His lack of lower-half weight shows up when he is asked to anchor.


Round 3, Pick 72: WR Javon Baker, UCF

Baker spent two years at Alabama but failed to crack the team's starting wide receiver group consistently, and he ultimately landed at UCF. His scouting report starts with his competitive nature. He is an outside receiver who doesn't back down from press coverage or tight-space catches along the sideline. His footwork and feel for small spaces are impressive. He also has very strong hands, helping him make spectacular catches through contact. He is explosive in short areas but lacks NFL-caliber long speed to consistently separate. Baker is also still mastering the art of finding soft spots versus zone.


Round 4, Pick 111: S Kamren Kinchens, Miami (FL)

As a true freshman, Kinchens played in all 12 games, starting the final five. He then became a full-time starter in 2022 and 2023. Kinchens is a good all-around athlete who has made plays in both the run and pass games. Most of his experience and production is from a free safety spot, including 12 interceptions. His range from a single-high role is good, but a big boon to that is his anticipation rather than rare athletic ability. In the run game, he is willing and in control, but his lower weight shows up in the form of missed tackles. He just doesn't pack a big punch at contact.


Round 4, Pick 134: RB Audric Estime, Notre Dame

At nearly 230 pounds, Estime is tough between the tackles. Once he gets up to speed, he's a load to bring down, especially since his big legs continue to churn after contact for an impressive yards-after-contact rate. The finesse parts of his game are limited. His burst and long speed will be merely average compared to other NFL backs, and though he is nimble behind the line of scrimmage, changing direction once up to speed takes multiple steps. As for third down, he was not used much as a receiver, but his pass-protection potential is good due to his size and strength. A big plus is he will be just 20 years old on draft weekend.


Round 6, Pick 185: EDGE Myles Cole, Texas Tech

Six-year players with limited production don't often come packed with potential, but Cole breaks the mold. His length and athleticism give him front versatility, and if he can gain some extra power and hone in on pass-rush moves, he can be a contributing player in some way.


Round 7, Pick 256: T Frank Crum, Wyoming

Crum really struggled as a pass-blocker down the stretch in 2023, with 15 of his 20 pressures allowed last season coming in the final seven games. And that's a big concern for his NFL prospects, given the level of talent he will face when he gets to the league.


Round 7, Pick 257: TE Trey Knox, South Carolina

Knox posted a 93rd-percentile PFF Game Athleticism Score in 2023 and showcased a solid pair of hands, dropping just two of his 39 catchable passes last season.

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