Re-grading NY Jets' 2023 NFL Draft class after one year

What does the Jets' 2023 draft class look like after one year?

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Joe Tippmann, C, NY Jets - Round 2, Pick 43

This is by far the Jets' best pick of the entire 2023 draft class, and to this point, the only pick where the arrow is clearly pointing up. Joe Tippmann looks like a long-term starter for Gang Green.

Tippmann didn't begin the year in the starting lineup, but it didn't take long for injuries to force his way onto the field. While he certainly went through his fair share of rookie ups and downs, Tippmann more than held his own in a starting role.

In Tippmann's 10 games as a starting center, he allowed a pressure rate of just 3.3 percent, ranking 13th among 31 qualified centers over that time. He flashed potential as a run blocker and steadily got better in pass protection as the season went on.

There's still plenty of room for Tippmann to continue growing, but he laid a solid foundation as a rookie. He should be a long-term building block for the Jets if he continues on this trajectory.

Grade: B+

Carter Warren, OT, NY Jets - Round 4, Pick 120

Expectations were understandably tempered for Carter Warren entering his rookie season. The fourth-round pick missed considerable time in the summer and the early part of the season due to a knee injury.

He was also asked to switch positions, seeing significant time at right tackle despite playing almost exclusively left tackle in college. All of that is to add context to Warren's obvious rookie struggles.

Warren was quite bad as a rookie. His 7.8 percent pressure rate was the same as Mekhi Becton's and he actually allowed sacks at a higher rate than Becton, who led the NFL in total sacks allowed.

The Jets still hope Warren could develop into a future swing tackle, but his performance as a rookie left a lot to be desired. Another year of development and a healthy summer should help him grow entering his second season.

Grade: C