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New York Jets Select Ahmad Gardner, Garrett Wilson, Jermaine Johnson in 2022 NFL Draft

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NY Jets 2022 NFL Draft Results

PickRoundHeadshotPlayerPositionSchool
41Ahmad "Sauce" Gardner HeadshotAhmad GardnerCBCincinnati
10🚨(SEA)1Garrett Wilson HeadshotGarrett WilsonWROhio State
26🚨(TEN)1Jermaine Johnson HeadshotJermaine JohnsonEDGEFlorida State
36🚨(NYG)2Breece Hall HeadshotBreece HallRBIowa State
101🚨(TEN)3Jeremy Ruckert HeadshotJeremy RuckertTEOhio State
111🚨(CAR)4Max Mitchell HeadshotMax MitchellOTLouisiana
117🚨(MIN)4Micheal Clemons HeadshotMicheal ClemonsEDGETexas A&M
  • 🚨Denotes a traded draft pick

New York Jets draft Ahmad Gardner, Garrett Wilson and Jermaine Johnson in Round 1

The New York Jets just improved their roster.

Once the Houston Texans selected LSU’s Derek Stingley Jr. No. 3 overall, Joe Douglas knew exactly what he had to do: draft Cincinnati cornerback Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner third overall in the 2022 NFL draft.

That’s exactly what he did. He then double-dipped in the skill-position player pool by going with Ohio State wide receiver Garrett Wilson No. 10 overall.

Just when Jets fans thought the already-exhilarating night was over, Douglas pulled a fast one when he traded up and back into the first round (Tennessee Titans) to snag EDGE Jermaine Johnson.

New York Jets trade up to No. 36 to draft RB Breece Hall

The New York Jets traded up to No. 36—with the New York Giants, coughing up No. 38 and No. 146—to land Iowa State running back Breece Hall in Round 2.

Later on Day 2, the Jets snagged Long Island native Jeremy Ruckert at pick No. 101 (Round 3), much to the pleasure of his diehard Jets-fan family.

Jets draft offensive tackle Max Mitchell on Day 3

Joe Douglas went back to his heart and soul on Day 3 when he used pick No. 111 to select Louisiana offensive tackle Max Mitchell (Round 4).

The Jets then drafted EDGE Micheal Clemons (Texas A&M) six picks later (No. 117).

New York Jets NFL draft history is an interesting topic, to say the least. In short, there’s a lot left to be desired.

Not even the most optimistic of New York Jets fans can magically wave away the franchise’s ineptitude over the course of the last five decades in the NFL draft.

Better yet, most of the diehard Jets fans had a chance to witness this history first hand, as their presence in New York City—where the NFL draft was located for so many years—became one of the focal points of the annual National Football League event.

From Vernon Gholston to Roger Vick, Kyle Brady to Johnny “Lam” Jones, the Jets haven’t always gotten it right.

Current general manager Joe Douglas aims to change everything.

As it currently stands, Douglas’s first draft class is having its issues—specifically in the availability department. Mekhi Becton hasn’t played since Week 1, Denzel Mims has been pushed to the back of the depth chart by better players, Jabari Zuniga hasn’t made an impact, and Ashtyn Davis is still struggling to showcase football instincts from his deep-safety post.

The lone bright spot (with apologies to punter Braden Mann), fifth-round cornerback Bryce Hall, has played well in 2021.

The 2021 class is a different story entirely.

Not only is Alijah Vera-Tucker already proving that he can be a potential future All-Pro at guard, but Elijah Moore and Michael Carter are both balling as rookies. The overall success of the Jets’ 2021 NFL draft class will ultimately come down to how quarterback Zach Wilson performs over the long haul, but the kids that have provided an ample sample size have done more than enough to get the arrow trending in a positive direction.

Owning the Seattle Seahawks’ first-round pick in 2022 (thank you, Jamal Adams) provides Douglas and the Jets the opportunity to really hammer home the core of the team’s future depth chart.

This is the New York Jets fans’ hub for anything and everything related to the NFL draft.

NY Jets 2021 NFL Draft Picks

PickRoundHeadshotPlayerPositionSchool
21Zach WilsonZach WilsonQBBYU
141Alijah Vera-Tucker HeadshotAlijah Vera-TuckerOLUSC
342Elijah Moore HeadshotElijah MooreWROle Miss
1074Michael Carter HeadshotMichael CarterRBUNC
1465Jamien Sherwood HeadshotJamien SherwoodLBAuburn
1545Michael Carter II HeadshotMichael Carter IIDBDuke
1755Jason Pinnock HeadshotJason PinnockDBPitt
1866Hamsah Nasirildeen HeadshotHamsah NasirildeenLBFSU
2006Brandin Echols HeadshotBrandin EcholsCBKentucky
2076Jonathan Marshall HeadshotJonathan MarshallDTArkansas

The 2021 NFL draft will go in New York Jets history as the draft that produced quarterback Zach Wilson. Joe Douglas and the Jets selected Wilson No. 2 overall, one spot after the Jacksonville Jaguars chose Clemson star Trevor Lawrence.

Tanking led the narrative for the 2020 Jets, led by Adam Gase. Although the team put forth an effort that resembled anything but intentionally losing, fans and media members were on the Lawrence-to-the-Jets storyline all season.

A couple of victories against good teams—the Los Angeles Rams and Cleveland Browns—changed that idea in a hurry. This led the Jets and Wilson to come ultimately come together.

Interestingly, Douglas traded up in the second round in order to snag USC offensive lineman Alijah Vera-Tucker in the 14-hole, while also making sure he added some flare in Elijah Moore early in the second round.

After just one season, the Jets’ 2021 NFL draft class looks to be a home run, especially offensively, where Wilson showed a lot down the stretch, and Vera-Tucker, Moore and Carter all played well (when healthy).

NY Jets 2020 NFL Draft Picks

PickRoundHeadshotPlayerPositionSchool
111Mekhi Becton HeadshotMekhi BectonOTLouisville
592Denzel Mims HeadshotDenzel MimsWRBaylor
683Ashtyn Davis HeadshotAshtyn DavisSCal
793Jabari Zuniga HeadshotJabari ZunigaEDGEFlorida
1204La'Mical Perine HeadshotLa'Mical PerineRBFlorida
1254James Morgan HeadshotJames MorganQBFIU
1294Cameron Clark HeadshotCameron ClarkOLUNC Charlotte
1585Bryce Hall HeadshotBryce HallCBUVA
1916Braden Mann HeadshotBraden MannPTexas A&M

The 2021 NFL season is one to forget for Joe Douglas’s first-ever NFL draft class. Big Mekhi Becton missed essentially the entire season after he exited Week 1 with a leg injury.

Furthermore, Denzel Mims found himself buried on the depth chart, and when he did receive opportunities, he did anything but impress. Ashtyn Davis received plenty of playing time, but he was anything but special.

Perhaps fifth-round pick Bryce Hall is the undoubted star of the 2020 class, as he played like a starting cornerback all season long.

NY Jets Future Draft Picks

Future Picks at a Glance

YearRound 1Round 2Round 3Round 4Round 5Round 6Round 7
20222 (NYJ, SEA)🚨2 (NYJ, CAR)🚨1 (NYJ)2 (MIN, CAR)🚨❌2 (NYJ, PIT)🚨0❌0❌
20231 (NYJ)1 (NYJ)1 (NYJ)1 (NYJ)1 (NYJ)1 (NYJ)0❌
20241 (NYJ)1 (NYJ)1 (NYJ)1 (NYJ)1 (NYJ)1 (NYJ)1 (NYJ)
20251 (NYJ)1 (NYJ)1 (NYJ)1 (NYJ)1 (NYJ)1 (NYJ)1 (NYJ)
  • 🚨Denotes a draft pick acquired via trade
  • ❌Denotes a draft pick traded away

The New York Jets are loaded in the 2022 NFL draft, courtesy of the Jamal Adams and Sam Darnold trades. Even the Chris Herndon and Avery Williamson trades have them set up for multiple picks in some of the mid-rounds.

After 2022, however, the chalk is pretty set. Joe Douglas has just one pick in each of the standard rounds, minus a seventh-round selection in 2023 thanks to the Steve McLendon deal.

2022 NFL draft

Notes and picks traded away:

  • The Jets’ Round 6 pick that is currently the Philadelphia Eagles, via the Joe Flacco trade, will turn into a Round 5 pick if he plays in at least 50 percent of the snaps in four games. But the Round 6 pick that goes to the Eagles was originally the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, via the Steve McLendon trade.
  • It is still unconfirmed whether or not the Round 5 pick in the Flacco deal is the Jets’ original Round 5 or Pittsburgh Steelers’ Round 5 that the Jets now own.
  • The Jets’ Round 6 pick, acquired from the San Francisco 49ers in the Jordan Willis trade, currently belongs to the Houston Texans per the Shaq Lawson acquisition.
  • The Jets’ Round 4 belongs to the Seattle Seahawks, via the Jamal Adams trade.
  • The Jets’ Round 6 belongs to the Minnesota Vikings, via the Chris Herndon trade.
  • The Jets’ Round 7 belongs to the Pittsburgh Steelers, via the Avery Williamson trade.

2023 NFL draft

  • Round 1
  • Round 2
  • Round 3
  • Round 4
  • Round 5
  • Round 6

Notes and picks traded away:

  • The Jets’ Round 7 belongs to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, via the Steve McLendon trade.

2024 NFL draft

  • Round 1
  • Round 2
  • Round 3
  • Round 4
  • Round 5
  • Round 6
  • Round 7

2025 NFL draft

  • Round 1
  • Round 2
  • Round 3
  • Round 4
  • Round 5
  • Round 6
  • Round 7

NY Jets All-Time Draft Picks

NY Jets-NFL Draft FAQ

Who did the New York Jets pick first in the 2021 NFL draft?

Zach Wilson: The Jets selected BYU quarterback Zach Wilson second overall in the 2021 NFL draft, representing the New York Jets first pick that offseason.

Who was Joe Douglas' first-ever NFL draft pick?

Mekhi Becton: New York Jets general manager Joe Douglas selected Mekhi Becton No. 11 in the 2020 NFL draft, making that the franchise's new GM's first pick with his new team.

Who was the New York Jets' first-ever draft pick?

Tom Brown: In 1960, the then-New York Titans selected Tom Brown second overall in the 1961 AFL draft. He never played for the organization.

When was Joe Namath drafted by the New York Jets?

1965: In 1965, the New York Jets picked Alabama quarterback Joe Namath first overall in the AFL draft. He chose to play for the Jets after the St. Louis Cardinals of the NFL selected him 12th overall.

Who is the New York Jets' biggest draft bust of all-time?

It's complicated: There are many names that can qualify as the New York Jets' greatest all-time draft bust, including Vernon Gholston, Johnny Lam Jones, Kyle Brady, Blair Thomas, Johnny Mitchell, Roger Vick, Dewayne Robertson and Dee Milliner.

Which first-round picks to the New York Jets own in the 2022 NFL draft?

No. 4 and No. 10: The New York Jets own the fourth and 10th overall selections in the 2022 NFL draft. The No. 4 pick is that of their own, courtesy of their 4-13 final record, whereas the 10th pick is that of the Seattle Seahawks, acquired in the Jamal Adams trade prior to the 2020 NFL season.

How many draft picks to the New York Jets have in the 2022 NFL draft?

9: The New York Jets currently have nine draft picks in the 2022 NFL draft, including two first-rounders, two second-rounders and two fourth-rounders. These extra picks have come by way of the Jamal Adams, Sam Darnold and Chris Herndon trades.

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