Complete NY Jets 2023 NFL Draft class: Details about all 7 picks
By Justin Fried
The NY Jets officially completed their 2023 NFL Draft class on Saturday, adding five more players to round out their seven-player class. With legitimate Super Bowl aspirations, the Jets had high expectations to love up to in this year's draft.
Of course, it was always going to be difficult to live up to last year's class. In terms of star power, this year's new crop of players doesn't come close to touching the likes of Sauce Gardner, Garrett Wilson, and Breece Hall.
It's unfair to compare any class to one that netted the Jets both Rookie of the Year award winners and a potential Rookie of the Year frontrunner prior to his injury.
Just because the 2023 class doesn't match the flashiness of last year's group, that doesn't mean the Jets' rookies can't still make an impact this season.
Let's take a look at all seven selections the Jets made in the 2023 NFL Draft.
2023 NY Jets draft class
Round 1, Pick 15: Will McDonald, EDGE, Iowa State
The Jets' first selection of the 2023 draft was a surprising one. Will McDonald will look to carve out a role in a deep defensive end room that also features the likes of Carl Lawson, John Franklin-Myers, Jermaine Johnson, Bryce Huff, and Micheal Clemons.
Round 2, Pick 43: Joe Tippmann, C, Wisconsin
Despite re-signing Connor McGovern earlier in the week, the Jets doubled down and added another center in the second round. Joe Tippmann will compete with McGovern in what Robert Saleh called an "open competition."
Round 4, Pick 120: Carter Warren, OT, Pittsburgh
The Jets selected their second consecutive offensive lineman, this time in the form of developmental offensive tackle Carter Warren. Warren provided immediate depth at tackle with a chance to become a starter as early as 2024.
Round 5, Pick 143: Israel Abanikanda, RB, Pittsburgh
Considered a likely Day 2 pick, Israel Abanikanda joins a talented Jets' running back room. Abanikanda is the second consecutive Pittsburgh player the Jets drafted, and the speedy running back will play an important complementary role in the team's offense.
Round 6, Pick 184: Zaire Barnes, LB, Western Michigan
The Jets added a likely core special teamer and potential SAM linebacker in Western Michigan's Zaire Barnes. Barnes could push for the third linebacker spot unless the Jets re-sign veteran Kwon Alexander.
Round 6, Pick 204: Jarrick Bernard-Converse, DB, LSU
With their second sixth-round pick, the Jets selected LSU defensive back Jarrick Bernard-Converse. Bernard-Converse has experience as a cornerback and safety and will likely play the latter position with the Jets.
Round 7, Pick 220: Zack Kuntz, TE, Old Dominion
The Jets selected the most athletic tight end in NFL history in the seventh round when they added Old Dominion's Zack Kuntz. No, literally. Kuntz is statistically the most tight end ever recorded. He'll compete for a roster spot in a crowded tight end room.