Joe Douglas makes another offensive line selection for the New York Jets
Entering the third day of the draft, the New York Jets owned the 112th overall pick in the fourth round, but they traded the pick to the New England Patriots. New England traded the 120th and 184th overall picks to New York in exchange for No. 112, which they used to draft Maryland kicker Chad Ryland.
With the 120th pick, the Jets drafted Pittsburgh tackle Carter Warren. It marks New York’s second consecutive offensive line selection after they drafted Wisconsin center Joe Tippmann in the second round.
Warren is a 6′ 5⅝”, 311-pound prospect who started 39 games at left tackle in college. He has tremendous arm length at 35⅜”, putting him at the 88th percentile among tackle prospects in the history of the combine.
Warren is an older prospect, as he spent six seasons at Pittsburgh (2017-22) and turned 24 years old this past January. Warren was limited to only four games in 2022 due to a knee injury that put an early end to his season.
Being drafted by the Jets marks a homecoming for Warren, who is a native of Paterson, New Jersey. He attended Passaic County Technical Institute in Wayne, New Jersey.
Warren’s New Jersey roots contributed to him being selected by the Jets. According to NFL Network’s Peter Schrager, Warren attended a local workout day hosted by the Jets and “blew them away”.
Following the 2021 college football season, Warren was viewed by some as a potential second-day pick in the 2022 draft, but Warren stayed at Pittsburgh for one more year to try and improve his stock. His knee injury put a wrinkle in those plans and ultimately dropped him to the Jets in round four.
New York is hoping the hometown kid can provide quality depth and competition to a tackle room that is loaded with injury questions. The Jets’ top three tackles who are currently under contract – Mekhi Becton, Duane Brown, and Max Mitchell – combined to miss 33 games last season.