Round 4, Pick 111
The New York Jets came into day three of the 2022 NFL Draft with just two picks to work with after a couple of trades. They used their first of their selections on Louisiana offensive tackle, Max Mitchell. The 6-foot-6 Mitchell was a long-time starter with the Ragin’ Cajuns and his solid play led to him being invited to the 2022 Senior Bowl where the Jets coaching staff got an up-close look at him.
Mitchell will add some necessary depth to the offensive tackle unit and has a chance to become the team’s swing tackle moving forward. This is a nice developmental piece at this stage of the draft.
Round 4, Pick 117
After spreading the wealth across different positions with each of their picks to this point, the New York Jets use their final pick at 117 to double dip at pass rusher with the selection of Michael Clemons out of Texas A&M.
Clemons is a long, physical player with size that could allow for some versatility in the Jets’ 3-4 defense. In 2021, Clemons finished his season with seven sacks in 10 games and was second nationally in pressures per game (4.6). That type of consistent penetration into the backfield is valuable, even if he doesn’t always get home.
Some off the field issues ding the draft grade just a little, but Clemons’ athleticism and physicality make him nice developmental pass rusher to add to a suddenly deep New York Jets front.
Final Draft Grade
In a year where they absolutely had to do so, the New York Jets crushed the 2022 NFL Draft. It was vital that they improved on both sides of the football to ensure they get the most out of their young quarterback next season and I believe they did just that. Their aggressive approach paid off in a major way and I don’t think it’s hyperbole to say that on paper this is one of the best draft classes the New York Jets have had in recent memory.
Final Grade: A