Jermaine Johnson, New York Jets, Florida State, 2022 NFL draft
Jermaine Johnson, New York Jets, Florida State, 2022 NFL draft, Jet X Graphic, Getty Images

The New York Jets addressed their EDGE need with a trade that fetched them Jermaine Johnson

As the metropolitan area prepared for bed, the New York Jets had one more surprise from Las Vegas of Thursday night’s opening action at the 2022 NFL draft.

New York traded up into the late stages of the first round through a three-pick deal with the Tennessee Titans, using the AFC South opponent’s 26th overall pick on Florida State defensive end Jermaine Johnson. The Jets sent the 35th, 69th, and 163rd overall picks south, while they also obtained the 101st choice.

Pegged by many as an early selection in Thursday’s proceedings, Johnson rose from the JUCO ranks at Independence Community College, notably starring in the fourth season of Netflix’s reality series “Last Chance U”.”

A dominant freshman season caught the attention of the University of Georgia, but he burst onto the national scene with an ACC Defensive Player of the Year-worthy season at Florida State.

He made the most of his single-season as a major collegiate starter, earning 70 tackles (17.5 for a loss, 11.5 sacks) as a Seminole. The Jets were looking to bolster their pass rush after earning only 33 quarterback takedowns last season, tied for the sixth-worst rate in the league.

The Jets’ trade back into the first round marks the first time they’ve had at least three picks in the opening stanza since 2000 when they welcomed in Shaun Ellis, John Abraham, Chad Pennington, and Anthony Becht.

Their next scheduled pick comes at No. 38 overall tomorrow as a result of the Sam Darnold trade with the Carolina Panthers.

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Geoff Magliocchetti is a veteran football writer with years of credentialed experience with the Jets and Giants. Email: geoffmags90@gmail.com
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Richard Hausig
Richard Hausig
5 months ago

The first Jets game I can remember watching was Nov 19, 1972. We almost beat the eventual undefeated Dolphins that day but lost 27-24. After all these years I’ve never been as negative on the team as I have been since year 1 of Gase. I was very happy that we brought in JD and thought he had a great first draft but, really, it hasn’t been that great, up until last night.

If this doesn’t work out than nothing ever will. What JD pulled off last night was impressive. He ignored the people who underrate the value of a great CB and got the right guy. I can’t speak as much to the WR Wilson but he seems like the right choice and then to come up for JJII, was bold and opportunistic. Love the work ethic of this man.

But what I like most of all is the character of the all 3. They are confident but humble, hard working and team first players. If one or all don’t work out it won’t be JDs fault, I’ll blame the football gods, JD did a marvelous job here. Now it’s on the coaches.

Let’s go have another great day today.

JetOrange
JetOrange
5 months ago

JD working the phones from 15 to 26, hammered out fair compensation to the Titans. I don’t think you could do this deal if Douglas hadn’t obtained the Two TE’s in FA. We have a very good GM

Richard Hausig
Richard Hausig
5 months ago
Reply to  JetOrange

He’s shown he knows how to draft, right? He addressed needs but still stayed true to his board and while we can debate both Becton and QB Wilson every player he’s ever drafted is a quality individual. Over time, these guys have a good chance to change the culture, finally. Great night for JD.

JetOrange
JetOrange
5 months ago
Reply to  Richard Hausig

Douglas does his best work in the later rounds in the draft. It’s only going to get better.

Peter Buell
Peter Buell
5 months ago

I am absolutely ecstatic on tonight’s performance. Sauce then Wilson so I had no expectation of getting a player like Jermaine! Wow! Just Wow
Deebo replacing Wilson would have made the day beyond anything we could have dreamed for but that extra $18-$20m cap space the next 4 years might be very helpful!
At very least we have brought in a likely #1 receiver
Moore Wilson Davis Berrios (maybe another draftee) and the possibility Mims could come back and be what he looked where he was heading year 1.
Not too shabby!!!

BTW: It would not shock me if we see a Wilson for Samuel trade tomorrow
Joe D…you da man!!!

JetOrange
JetOrange
5 months ago
Reply to  Peter Buell

Win for Mims , two big WR’s in Corey Davis & Denzel, assume both play the “X”. Now Denzel just needs to play well

Richard Hausig
Richard Hausig
5 months ago
Reply to  Peter Buell

I was thinking about the Wilson for Deebo last night too. Don’t ever remember that happening after the player is drafted. Can you even do that so soon? Feel like there might be a rule against it?? Don’t know.

Peter Buell
Peter Buell
5 months ago
Reply to  Richard Hausig

I was wondering if there was a rule as well. I would doubt it but funny we were both thinking that last night because Wilson is who San Fran would have chosen if they had the 10th pick.

Richard Hausig
Richard Hausig
5 months ago
Reply to  Peter Buell

I’m an SC fan but didn’t want London. I don’t really know the guys that went in this grouping around Wilson but for me Wilson is smart, humble and his dad was a pro or close to it basketball player and I think that’s a huge advantage to a young player as he preps to become a pro. He’s also a very bright and seems like a really good kid.

Jimjets
Jimjets
5 months ago

What can you say about tonight ? Unreal. The jets jokes end this year.

Richard Hausig
Richard Hausig
5 months ago
Reply to  Jimjets

I’m going thru this with the end of lol Mets. Feels good huh? What a great, professional job JD and crew did. Let’s keep it going today!

Jimjets
Jimjets
5 months ago
Reply to  Richard Hausig

I’m Yankees/Jets. Or I should say Jets/Yankees. Yes, Mets are no joke this year, I’d say if they aren’t at least in the championship series I’d be shocked.

Richard Hausig
Richard Hausig
5 months ago
Reply to  Jimjets

I’ve always been a Yankee hater, my family is very passionate about baseball. But you can’t argue what the Yankees are and I remember the mid 80s when the Mets approached being respected than fell back while the Yankees went to another level. We probably wont get there in my lifetime, I just want to feel proud about my team like you guys do. Thanks for the manager btw, he’s beyond anything we could have hoped for BC (before Cohen)

That’s what I want as a Jet fan too. I’m NYR so that’s not so bad but imagine? 51 years following the three and 2 championships! I was too young for 69 or I’d have double but still, poor me 🙂

Lets hope our Jets are back on track.

Peter Buell
Peter Buell
5 months ago
Reply to  Jimjets

After about pick 15 I turned it off assuming nothing Jets till today.
Went outside for a cigarette and reading the reviews of the draft on CBS that had the picks listed in order. After reading about player X I wind up back on the list and see JETS ON THE CLOCK…was so excited I ran back into the house hoping I didn’t miss it.
They were speaking of all positions including running back….”NO not rb yet! Then came Jermaine and I couldn’t beleive it.
Tge texts between my boys and friend were flying. What a night! Joe D..keep it up brother

Richard Hausig
Richard Hausig
5 months ago
Reply to  Peter Buell

I was just about to fall asleep too, it was exciting, more knowing that JJII was on the board

Peter Buell
Peter Buell
5 months ago
Reply to  Richard Hausig

Rich, I wasn’t even sure who was left but I ran to the tv as fast as I could…They 1st mentioned Breece Hall and I said Nooooo! you don’t trade up for a rb these days.
When the ESPN crew mentioned Johnson’s name, I knew that was Joe’s pick.
As we’ve learned the past 2 years, as far as football and wheeling and dealing, he’s usually the smartest man in the room.
A short video of Joe and Saleh looked liked they were trying very hard not to smile.
JD said all 3 were in the top 8 on thier board. Last years draft, this year’s free agency and day 1 of the draft tells us we finally have a winner in Green and Orange front office!