Complete grades and analysis for the NY Jets 2023 NFL Draft class

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Round 2, 43rd Overall, NY Jets: Joe Tippmann, C, Wisconsin

Another surprising pick was Wisconsin center Joe Tippmann at pick 43. Even though the Jets re-signed Connor McGovern, it still made sense for them to target a center of the future at this spot. The surprising part was that they selected Tippmann while John Michael Schmitz was still available.

Schmitz was widely considered to be the top center in this class, but Tippmann is a bigger center at 6-foot-6 and 313 pounds, more athletic, and two years younger, so it does make some sense.

Tippmann excelled as the starting center at Wisconsin, allowing just one sack and eight total pressures in 625 pass-blocking snaps over the past two seasons. Tippmann is also a great run-blocker and excels at blocking on the move.

Tippmann adds great versatility, as he will likely be the starting center but has the ability to play guard if needed.

Grade: A-

Round 4, 120th Overall, NY Jets: Carter Warren, OT, Pittsburgh

The Jets finally got their offensive tackle in the fourth round in Carter Warren. The Jets could’ve had their eyes on other tackles that went off the board before they picked on Day 3, like Blake Freeland or Dawand Jones, but once they were picked, the Jets moved back, picked up a sixth-round pick, and landed Warren.

Warren looks the part of an offensive tackle in the NFL at 6-foot-5 and 311 pounds with 35-inch arms. He is also a good athlete for the position. Warren has been an impressive pass-blocker over the past two seasons, with 80.9 and 81.5 pass-blocking grades, respectively.

Warren adds more offensive line depth, which seems to have been a priority for Joe Douglas this offseason. The Jets now have Duane Brown and Warren at left tackle, along with Mekhi Becton and Max Mitchell at right tackle.

Grade: B+