What draft grades have the media given to the New York Jets? What are they saying about the Jets' 2023 draft haul?
NFL.com - Grade: B
Warren meets the Jets' desire for athletic offensive tackles; if he had been healthy for all of last season, he would have gone on Day 2. If Hall isn't back for the start of the season, Abanikanda's speed might help him find the field early on. Kuntz is a superior athlete for his size, making him one of the best seventh-round selections.
ESPN - Grade: B
We had connected New York with the offensive tackles in the class, but four already were off the board by the time it got on the clock at No. 15. I'm a fan of whom general manager Joe Douglas opted for; edge rusher Will McDonald IV (15) can fly to the football. He is one of my favorite prospects in the entire class. He had 33 sacks over the past four seasons. Expect McDonald to be a menace in passing situations as a rookie as he bulks up to improve as a three-down player.
I preferred John Michael Schmitz over Joe Tippmann (43) in the center class, but I know several teams that had Tippmann at No. 1 on their boards at the position. This was a clear need area for the Jets. Running back Israel Abanikanda (143) likely is insurance for Breece Hall returning healthy, but Abanikanda was productive in college, tallying 21 scores last season. Tight end Zack Kuntz (220) lit up the combine workouts, and he is a worthy risk in Round 7.
The lingering question about this Jets class is: Are they sure they're OK at offensive tackle? They must trust that Mekhi Becton will return healthy and productive after back-to-back lost seasons. I don't know that Carter Warren (120) is a candidate to play as a rookie.
SI - Grade: B-
PFF - Grade: B-
Day 2: The Jets eliminated their need to take center by bringing back Connor McGovern on a cheap, one-year deal, but Tippmann gives them another long-term option at the position. He brings a unique combination of size and athleticism to the middle of New York's offensive line, along with an 84th-percentile run-blocking grade at center on zone runs since 2021.
Day 3: The Jets finally take their tackle. For now, Warren projects as more of a depth piece. He has the requisite build and length but needs some work in his technique and consistency in pass protection. The Jets will hope to develop him behind some veterans in the early going.
With reports the Jets were considering drafting Alabama running back Jahmyr Gibbs at 15th overall, they add a speedy depth piece to their backfield in Abanikanda, who earned a 90.6 rushing grade in 2022 and is a threat to break off a big gain on any given carry. Abanikanda's 10-yard split, vertical jump and broad jump all placed him in the 95th percentile or better. His hip flexibility and bend are not great, but if he can plant his foot in the ground and get upfield he will rip off chunks as a rotational piece.
Barnes is an undersized linebacker with great speed, landing in the 88th percentile for his 4.54-second 40-yard dash. Barnes' sideline to speed shows up with his 88.9 run defense grade in 2022.
Kuntz is a freakish athlete at 6-foot-7 and 255 pounds, as he put together one of the best combine performances we've ever seen. His 40-yard dash, vertical jump, broad jump, short shuttle and three-cone all ranked above the 90th percentile. At this point in the draft, you bet on these traits.
Fox Sports - Grade: C
Finally, they addressed their biggest need in the fourth round with Pittsburgh tackle Carter Warren, but I'm not sure he'll see the field in Year 1. He'll need time to learn how to better apply the fundamentals to his impressive athleticism. To finish out the draft, they took Pittsburgh running back Israel Abanikanda (fifth round), Western Michigan outside linebacker Zaire Barnes (sixth), LSU cornerback Jarrick Bernard-Converse (sixth) and Old Dominion tight end Zack Kuntz (seventh).
USA Today - Grade: A-
The Ringer - Grade: C-
Sporting News - Grade: D
Abanikanda was solid but not necessary. Barnes and Bernard-Converse were total wild cards. Kuntz was a bit superfluous late, too. There also was nary a wide receiver. They will need to hope they are ready to win big now with Rodgers mostly with what they already had.
Touchdown Wire - Grade: B+
Perhaps the most interesting pick is Old Dominion's Zack Kuntz, who comes to Aaron Rodgers' offense with measurables out the wazoo, and the ability to beat defenses deep over time.
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