Jets News

Takeaways from the NY Jets Flight 2022: New Heights series

NY Jets, Robert Saleh
NY Jets, Robert Saleh / Rich Schultz/GettyImages
facebooktwitterreddit
4 of 5

Episode 4: These NY Jets sure seem like they know how to draft

This was the best episode of the series and the one that Jets fans were likely most looking forward to. An inside look at the draft process was awesome to see in terms of how the first round broke for the team that was universally praised for the haul that they came away with.

It likely will never come out as to what the actual big board was for the Jets but it did feel genuine that Sauce Gardner was the team's prized possession heading into draft night.

The way that the room reacted to all three of the picks prior to them made it seem like Gardner could have legitimately been number one on their board.

After celebrating getting their guy at pick No. 4, it looked as if Joe Douglas was making calls to gauge the cost of trading up to secure their eventual pick at number ten in Garrett Wilson. They seemed to be locked in on the Ohio State wide receiver as their answer for a top receiver to help Zach Wilson.

The storyline that was the most entertaining to peek behind the curtain at was trading up for Jermaine Johnson. At one point, Woody Johnson comes over to Joe Douglas to check in on the possibility as they confirm the Florida State product being great value as a top-eight player on their board.

It was hilarious to watch the facial reactions from Joe Douglas as he was working the phone lines to try and orchestrate a deal, especially when it looked like he thought that the opportunity to get Johnson was gone once Kansas City traded up to pick 21.

The aptly titled "Come Get Me" culminated with a trade-up for Johnson that cemented a potentially franchise-changing first round for the team.

Nearly every team appears to be happy with their draft outcome after the first day, but from the inside look at the Jets' draft war room, it felt like they were well aware of the type of impact that night could have on aspirational championship goals for the organization.

facebooktwitterreddit