3 winners and 2 losers for the NY Jets following the 2024 NFL Draft

Who are the Jets' biggest winners and losers from the draft?
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Loser: NY Jets defensive line

The departure of Franklin-Myers will help McDonald and Clemons see the field more, but it's hard to argue it's a good thing for the Jets' defense. In fact, while the Jets have made important strides this offseason, it's fair to question the handling of the defensive line.

The Jets downgraded from Quinton Jefferson to Javon Kinlaw, paying the latter almost double in the process. They essentially replaced Bryce Huff and Franklin-Myers with Haason Reddick's contract.

The Jets' defensive line is worse, on paper, than it was in 2023, even with the addition of Reddick. Robert Saleh has a long history of maximizing the talent of his defensive linemen, so it's best not to be too concerned with the unit.

Nonetheless, Franklin-Myers is a rock-solid above-average starter with no clear replacement in sight. The Jets' defensive line got worse this past weekend.

Winner: Aaron Rodgers, QB, NY Jets

The Jets went into this offseason with one goal in mind: help Aaron Rodgers. They did that in free agency, adding the likes of Mike Williams, Tyron Smith, Morgan Moses, and John Simpson to give Rodgers increased protection and another offensive weapon.

They continued that trend in the 2024 NFL Draft, using their first five picks on offensive players. Included was much-needed offensive line depth, a new wide receiver, and a pair of running backs who should compete for snaps as rookies.

Olu Fashanu gives the Jets not only their left tackle of the future but a player who will likely see the field plenty in his rookie season. Malachi Corley is a YAC machine who should make Rodgers' life a lot easier in the passing game.

Rodgers' supporting cast is better now than it was a week ago. That leaves him as one of the biggest winners from the draft.