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The New York Jets have added to their protection in front of Aaron Rodgers

With the 43rd pick in the 2023 NFL draft, the New York Jets selected center Joe Tippman from Wisconsin.

After trading the 42nd overall pick to the Green Bay Packers as part of the Aaron Rodgers trade, the Jets had to select an impact player with their lone second-round selection – and they did just that.

Tippmann played in 12 games in the 2022 season, logging the team’s best run-blocking grade, per PFF. He also allowed only one sack and five pressures over 338 pass-blocking snaps. Tippmann has great pre-snap recognition – something you want to see in a center.

Tippmann profiles as a day-one starter and an important piece to the Jets’ offensive line. At Wisconsin, Tippmann was a mauling center with quick feet and an excellent motor. His visual awareness is at an elite level, and his ability to diagnose opposing defenses is quite frankly incredible to see at such a young age.

Tippmann can handle multiple blocking assignments with ease, with the ability to get out in front to pull on run plays. Tippman can play both center and guard, and that versatility should do wonders on an offensive line where no position is guaranteed.

Adding protection for Aaron Rodgers was a must in this draft. The Jets addressed that with this pick, continuing to build in the trenches.

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Thomas Christopher is an avid sports fan, mixed martial artist, big fantasy football player and Rex Ryan stan. He's also one of Jets X-Factor's breaking news writers. Email: tpascar[at]
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1 month ago

Meet JT our starting left guard. Keep Tomlinson as a back up.

1 month ago

Given that Laken Tomlinson has been such a bust, the Jets could either swap him out for Tippmann at guard, or put Tippmann at center and move McGovern to guard where he used to play for Denver, although center is his better position.