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2022 NFL Draft: Experts Rave About Jets' Draft Class

Analysts were impressed across the board with the Jets' 2022 NFL Draft class and what GM Joe Douglas was able to accomplish.

Reviews of the Jets' 2022 NFL Draft class have been pouring in on Sunday and everyone seems to agree on one thing.

New York and general manager Joe Douglas crushed it with this year's draft.

In case you missed a pick or two over the last few days, here's a complete list of New York's seven-player class:

  • Round 1, Pick 4: Ahmad “Sauce” Garner, CB, Cincinnati
  • Round 1, Pick 10: Garrett Wilson, WR, Ohio State
  • Round 1, Pick 26: Jermaine Johnson, DE, Florida State
  • Round 2, Pick 36: Breece Hall, RB, Iowa State
  • Round 3, Pick 101: Jeremy Ruckert, TE, Ohio State
  • Round 4, Pick 111: Max Mitchell, OT, Louisiana
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  • Round 4, Pick 117: Micheal Clemons, DE, Texas A&M

The pressure was on for Douglas and the Jets entering this draft after years of ineptitude on both sides of the ball. New York went out and added playmakers, bolstering a defense that was the worst in football last year while providing their young quarterback on offense with more weapons.  

If New York wants to play meaningful games late in the season, this was an important first step, putting the entire roster in more of a position to succeed. 

Gang Green didn't sit around and cross their fingers that they would get their top guys in this draft either. New York was aggressive, as Douglas has been hinting at all offseason long. Not only did they trade up into the first round for a third first-rounder, giving head coach Robert Saleh another toy on his defensive line in EDGE Jermaine Johnson, but they made sure they got running back Breece Hall by moving up in the second round as well. 

That's an example of the Jets having a plan, knowing who they wanted to add to their scheme and executing, using a surplus of draft capital to snag impactful players in the first few rounds.

Don't take my word for it, though. Here are some of the initial evaluations from a slew of draft analysts:

New York Jets CB Ahmad Gardner at 2022 NFL Draft
New York Jets WR Garrett Wilson celebrates NFL draft with Roger Goodell
New York Jets first round picks Ahmad Gardner, Jermaine Johnson and Garrett Wilson

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New York Jets CB Ahmad Gardner in press conference
Jets first round picks Jermaine Johnson, Ahmad Gardner and Garrett Wilson
New York Jets EDGE Jermaine Johnson gets picked at 2022 NFL draft

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