The NY Jets hoped to use the final day of the 2022 NFL Draft to punctuate what is universally considered to be one of the best draft hauls in the league. The Jets already received top marks for their first-round dominance. They also graded well with two high-upside picks on Day 2.
How did Gang Green fair with their two fourth-round selections to close out the weekend? Here's how both of the newest Jets' big men grade.
1. Max Mitchell, OL, Louisiana (111th overall)
I dig the fact that the Jets used their first Day 3 pick to address their biggest remaining need. After infusing both sides of the ball with playmaking talent, New York's most pressing weakness quickly became their ability to protect quarterback Zach Wilson.
While I like the positional target, I do have questions about Max Mitchell's NFL profile. All Day 3 selections are a guessing game, but Mitchell does carry several red flags that the Jets' coaching staff must address.
During the scouting process, the Louisiana star was cited for below-average lower body strength, short arms for a player at his position, and (most concerning) a lack of experience against top competition.
While he may be a worthwhile project, Mitchell will likely take time to develop. A more plug-and-play-ready prospect would have served the Jets well.
However, Mitchell's best strengths do come in pass protection. We've already spoken about his long-term developmental potential as a swing tackle.
The selection of Breece Hall to pair with incumbent starter Michael Carter is a clear signal that the Jets are serious about building a strong rushing attack.
At the end of the day, Mitchell was graded more as a 6th-round caliber talent that the Jets may have reached for in Round 4. I like the position and I hope that he can develop into a difference-maker, but the concerns likely make this the Jets' worst pick in an overall great draft.
2. Micheal Clemons, DE, Texas A&M (117th overall)
The Jets used their final draft selection to further solidify the trenches. Whereas Mitchell may have been a reach, Micheal Clemons seems like a clear value.
The former Texas A&M pass rusher gives the Jets excellent depth on the defensive line. He currently lacks the polish to be an every-down player. However, Clemons made a name for himself as a tough rusher that brings consistent energy and violence.
He has strong hands, an NFL-ready frame, and a mean pass-rushing style that will serve him well at the professional level. He has the strength and physicality to become a rotational defensive end on Day 1. This should allow New York to mix and match their line, always keeping fresh players on the field.
Clemons is a bit of a one-trick pony. His first move is quick, strong, and violent. However, his tape revealed that he lacks a consistent second and third move.
If he gets stopped initially, he has a tendency to be removed from the play. Hopefully, defensive guru Robert Saleh can help Clemons as he attempts to adjust to the next level.
The Jets have rebuilt their defense in this draft. And, in Clemons, they add an exclamation point with a third-round draft grade. Well done Joe Douglas, well done.
How would you grade the Jets' final draft selections?