NY Jets officially had the most athletic draft class in the NFL

NY Jets, Zack Kuntz
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NY Jets general manager Joe Douglas has garnered a reputation for favoring athletes in the NFL Draft. The Jets' top decision-maker has made a habit out of drafting high-upside athletes at every position during his time with the organization.

His first draft class netted the team the likes of Mekhi Becton, Denzel Mims, Ashtyn Davis, and more, and while each player has fallen short of expectations for various reasons, it set the stage for what would become a common theme in Jets draft classes under Douglas.

The Jets' 2023 NFL Draft class might just be Douglas' crowning achievement, however. That's because the Jets put together the most athlete class of any team in this year's draft.

This was determined by calculating the average of every draft pick's Relative Athletic Score, a figure that uses athletic testing numbers and height/weight combinations to assign an athletic score to every prospect.

To no surprise, the Jets' rookies averaged a RAS of 91.3. No other team finished with an average higher than 85.5, and only three teams aside from the Jets scored above an 80.0. The league average was around a 67.0.

The NY Jets scored a ridiculously athletic class in the 2023 NFL Draft

Five of the Jets' seven draft picks received official RAS scores — Joe Tippmann and Carter Warren didn't participate in full pre-draft workouts due to injury, although both would have likely scored very high.

Of those five draft picks, the lowest RAS score a Jets rookie received was a 9.12 from Western Michigan linebacker Zaire Barnes. The worst athlete the Jets drafted was still one of the most athletic linebackers in this class.

Fifth-round pick Israel Abanikanda scored a 9.63, first-round pick Will McDonald earned a 9.66, sixth-round pick Jarrick Bernard-Converse was given a 9.78, and seventh-round pick Zack Kuntz made history with a perfect 10.0/10.0.

Kuntz is, quite literally, the most athletic tight end the NFL has ever seen. Of the 1,020 tight ends to receive an official RAS score since 1987, Kuntz' 10.0 ranked No. 1. It's easy to see why too.

At 6-foot-8, 255 pounds, Kuntz was clocked at running a ridiculous 4.55 40-yard dash, a time that ranked in the 97th percentile of all tight ends. Running that time at his height/weight combination is unprecedented — literally, it's never been done before.

Kuntz certainly helps the Jets' RAS score, but all five of the Jets' draft picks to be graded by RAS were among the best athletes at their respective positions.

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Joe Douglas clearly has a type, and that's never been more apparent than it was during this year's draft.