Grading every pick the NY Jets made in the 2024 NFL Draft

What grade would you give the Jets' draft?
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The dust has settled on the NY Jets' 2024 NFL Draft class, and at first glance, it's hard to argue the team didn't get better this weekend. While it's fair to criticize individual decisions, the Jets, as a whole, are a better team now than they were on Wednesday.

That's including the controversial trade that sent defensive lineman John Franklin-Myers to the Denver Broncos in exchange for...virtually nothing. Puzzling trade aside, the Jets had a pretty strong draft week.

They landed their left tackle of the future, an immediate wide receiver upgrade, and a few other developmental building blocks who could carve out roles on the roster.

Grading draft picks immediately following the draft is far from an exact science, but the format does give us an excuse to analyze each selection the Jets made. That's exactly what we're going to do here.

Round 1, 11th Overall, NY Jets: Olu Fashanu, OT, Penn State

The Jets did their best to trade up for a star wide receiver, as both Malik Nabers and Rome Odunze appeared to be in their crosshairs. But when those trades fell through, the Jets pivoted to the next-best player on their board.

Olu Fashanu was seen by many throughout the draft process as the second-best offensive tackle prospect in this class behind Joe Alt. The Penn State product is a refined pass blocker with excellent length and athleticism in the mold of someone like Jets legend D'Brickashaw Ferguson.

Fashanu gives the Jets a long-term left tackle solution and much-needed depth behind Tyron Smith — who hasn't played more than 13 games in a season in nearly a decade — and Morgan Moses.

He has a chance to compete for a starting job right away with Moses or even John Simpson if the Jets want to try him at left guard. Either way, Fashanu will play as a rookie — likely more than Will McDonald played last year.

Grade: A-