Grading a franchise-altering first round for the NY Jets

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NY Jets, Jermaine Johnson
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3. Jermaine Johnson, DE, NY Jets (26th overall)

I absolutely love this pick and move. I had Jermaine Johnson as a top-15 pick in my mock draft. Others like ESPN had him as the No. 14 overall prospect.

Joe Douglas and company saw a top talent falling, and used their treasure trove of assets to move up and land a potential building block pass rusher.

The trade details were reasonable. New York sent a second-round pick (35), a third-round pick (69), and a fifth-round selection (163) to Tennessee. In exchange, New York received the 26th overall pick used to draft Johnson, and a third-round pick (101).

The Jets, who still hold picks in the second (38) and third (101) rounds, were able to land a third pick in the first round without sacrificing their ability to improve in the draft's next stage.

What better way to support a Robert Saleh-led team than by investing in a top cornerback and pass rusher? Johnson, who is a natural edge rusher with blistering speed, will fit nicely in Saleh's scheme.

The combination of Johnson with a returning talent in Carl Lawson and an emerging star in John Franklin-Myers will give the Jets a dangerous pass-rushing unit.

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This, combined with a new-look secondary, should put Gang Green's defense in a position to make winning plays on any given week.

Grade: A+