Once upon a time, planes Used four first-round draft picks in 2000 To build a consistent playoff competitor.
Could there be a repeat of the date in the store?
The Jets have made four of the first 36 selections, including three from the first round, in the 2022 NFL Draft, as they attempt to build a team that will return to the playoffs for the first time since 2010. Under pressure to deliver in his third draft country at the helm of the company, the manager may be General Joe Douglas has handed over the best draft aircraft ever…on paper. They will be in the field soon enough.
Here are the Post-by-Pick estimates for the Jets draft class:
Round 1, #4 overall: Sauce Gardner (CB, Cincinnati)
Forget all this talk about how Robert Salih, the defensive-minded coach, doesn’t appreciate the knockout punch. Gardner was the best player available — and Gates added a chip to his shoulder because the Texans took cornerback Derek Stingley Jr. in front of him. He allowed 13 catches for 117 yards last season, and hasn’t succumbed to touchdowns in 33 career games. A big jump in the competition is coming but his splurge is unbearable.
First round, #10 overall: Garrett Wilson (WR, Ohio State)
How about this for a smart operation? After he was said to have offered the 49ers a choice to receiver Deebo Samuel and turned it down, Douglas had to decide between Wilson and rusher Jermaine Johnson. He correctly predicted what was to come—playing on receivers—and took second of four in a period of five selections. Wilson made 70 receptions for 1,058 yards — many after breaking tackles or pursuit pursuits — and 12 touchdowns last season.
Round 1, #26 overall: Jermaine Johnson (EDGE, FL)
The Jets came out with three of their top eight players – a coup as long as their ratings are correct. It was clear that other teams weren’t quite as impressed for one year and Georgia’s move continued to falter. Saleh described Johnson as “the most prepared of all the impulsive racers this year,” a big statement when he was the first two rushing picks. Johnson’s 254-pound tire isn’t for all defences, but it’s meant for a 9.
Second round, #36 overall: Bryce Hall (RB, Iowa)
The Jets were so overburdened with picks from previous deals that they were able to go from #35 to #26 without compromising #38. That became a big deal when they wanted to go again from #38 to #36 to jump Texas for the first time back. Hall has the perfect set of skills: a tough and dribbling runner, reliable hands, clean and strong ways in protecting passes. He scored 56 touchdowns in 36 college games.
Third round, 101st overall: Jeremy Ruckert (TE, Ohio State)
Odd choice considering the Jets spent $44.2 million ($25 million guaranteed) on tight ends free agent CJ Uzomah and Tyler Conklin. But the Jets crushed Ruckert hard at the Senior Bowl – giving them back the lifelong love of a Jets fan – and seized the opportunity to get the best player available as insurance rather than meet larger needs. Ruckert is already an advanced blocker from Ohio, but he has untapped receiving potential.
Fourth round, 111th overall: Max Mitchell (Louisiana)
Mitchell certainly isn’t ready to take down Mekhi Becton or George Fant as he would have been a first-rounder if the planes had gone in that direction. He’s played interference on both sides and guarding in his career as a rookie for three years – having started just one year for his high school team. The best case as a beginner is that he has replaced Chuma Edoga as a swing ring.
Fourth round, 117th overall: Michelle Clemons (EDGE, Texas A&M)
The 25-year-old Clemons first enrolled in community college in 2015 but last season was his first with over four sacks (7.5). He comes up with red flags after being arrested twice in three months, including on a weapons charge. The Jets believe in throwing waves of new legs up the offensive line and will be added to the spin.
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