The New York Jets ended up with just seven selections in the 2022 NFL Draft, but they paid off huge. Here are their 2022 NFL Draft Grades.
The 2022 NFL Draft weekend has finally come to an end, and it was quite the spectacle. There were a record-breaking nine first-round trades, including some blockbuster moves for some of the league’s most dynamic wide receivers in AJ Brown and Marquise Brown. It was an occasion full of excitement, surprise, intrigue, and at times confusion, that culminated into one of the most memorable events in recent memory.
As far as draft winners are concerned, you would be hard-pressed not to mention the New York Jets as major winners for what they were able to accomplish with just four rounds worth of draftees.
The team started things off by nabbing the consensus top cornerback and wide receiver in the class in Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner and Garrett Wilson at fourth and tenth overall. They then took an aggressive approach with their next two picks, trading up for both Jermaine Johnson and Breece Hall before rounding things out with Jeremy Ruckert, Max Mitchell and Michael Clemons.
The talent the New York Jets landed with every pick should have fans feeling thrilled about what’s to come, but before we crown the class as a whole, let’s take a closer look at each pick individually and give them a letter grade based on value relative to where they were drafted, need, and fit. Here are the New York Jets 2022 NFL Draft grades.
Round 1, Pick 4
For most of the 2022 NFL Draft cycle, the New York Jets were expected to take one of the top pass rushers available with the fourth overall pick. However, in the weeks leading up to the action, Cincinnati cornerback Ahmad Gardner’s name began to pick up some steam. Well, low and behold the chatter was correct, as he was the selection and now the Jets have a new CB1 in their secondary.
Nicknamed “Sauce”, Ahmad Gardner is a prototype boundary cornerback in today’s NFL. His combination of size, athleticism and instincts make him one of the safest picks in the draft. He will make an immediate impact for a Jets defense that has been desperate for a difference-maker on the outside for years.