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Grades and analysis for the NY Jets star-studded 2022 NFL Draft class

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Round 4, 111st overall, NY Jets: Max Mitchell, OT, Louisiana

The Jets were strongly considering drafting an offensive tackle as early as the fourth overall pick. Evidently, they aren't sold on the health and future of Mekhi Becton, and they took one look at their offensive tackle depth before realizing they needed some help.

But instead of drafting a tackle on Day 1 or even Day 2, the Jets waited until the beginning of Day 3 to address the position. They did so by drafting Louisiana-Lafayette's Max Mitchell.

Mitchell isn't going to be competing for a starting spot as a rookie. He's someone the Jets will look to mold into a serviceable starter while providing increased depth for the time being. With that in mind, he fits the bill.

At 6-foot-6, 307 pounds, Mitchell has good size, length, and foot speed for the position. He's a nimble athlete who enters the NFL with a relatively pro-ready pass-blocking skillset. That alone gives him a high enough floor to justify the pick.

Mitchell still has some work to do before he can start at the NFL level — namely as it pertains to his play strength and overall technique — but that's par for the course with fourth-round offensive tackles.

Given his experience playing both tackle spots, Mitchell is an ideal developmental swing tackle who can provide depth at a position where the Jets needed it. It's a pick for need with enough upside to make it worth it.

Grade: B-

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