Saturday, May 20, 2023

New York Jets Post-Draft 2023 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2023 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Below you will find a post-draft roundup for the New York Jets in our consensus 2023 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 12

Most improved: Quarterback

Two words: Aaron Rodgers. He upgrades the position in every way imaginable, giving the Jets their best QB since Brett Favre (2008). Look at it this way: They replaced a young, struggling player in Zach Wilson with a future Hall of Famer. Even if Rodgers doesn't return to his MVP form, he still should be good enough for a few extra wins. The Jets ranked 29th in QBR (35.5) and 31st in TD passes (15) last season; those numbers should jump significantly. His experience will help pre- and post-snap and will help galvanize the Jets' young talent. -- Rank: 9

Moving back two spots in the first round as the "sweetener" in the Aaron Rodgers trade proved potentially costly, as New York watched the last of the four top offensive linemen in the first round come off the board a pick before the Jets went on the clock at No. 15 overall. The ensuing selection of Iowa State defensive end Will McDonald IV felt like a pivot, but no one in Florham Park will complain if McDonald finally gives the team a consistent threat on the edge. When one of the most important weeks in franchise history wrapped, you could see the sense of accomplishment on the faces of GM Joe Douglas and head coach Robert Saleh. "It's been a fun week, a fun week," Saleh said with a smile. "To get Aaron here, it's a blessing. ... We got better this week -- a lot better this week."

CBS Sports -- Rank: 8

They've made a big leap up these rankings after getting Aaron Rodgers. The talent is all over this roster, but now comes the tough part for the young guys, which is handling expectations.

USA Today -- Rank: 8

Unlike (perhaps) Dallas and Baltimore, suddenly jet-fueled Gang Green won't be sneaking up on anyone with Mr. Rodgers now at the stick. Expectations not experienced here for a dozen years will present a new challenge, but this team actually has the thrust to finally exceed them.

The Athletic -- Rank: 8

Draft takeaway: Even if the move down from No. 13 to No. 15 cost the Jets Broderick Jones, well, it got them Aaron Rodgers. Relax.

Hype man: Did you even watch us last year? We had a top-five defense and a great cast of offensive weapons. The only thing holding us back was the worst quarterback play in the league, and now we have one of the best ever leading the ship. This is our year, baby.

Duane Downer: Who's going to play quarterback if there's an RFK Jr. campaign event on a Sunday this fall?

PFF -- Rank: 6

The Jets made major moves this offseason, signing quarterback Aaron Rodgers and constructing a new-look receiving corps that includes Randall Cobb, Allen Lazard and Mecole Hardman. They also signed Billy Turner and drafted Carter Warren and Joe Tippmann for offensive line depth to protect their new quarterback.

PFT -- Rank: 9

It's logical to think Aaron Rodgers will lift all Jets, and I believe he will. Rodgers is the kind of person who can set his mind to something—such as showing the Packers and the world he's not kaput entering his age-40 season—and go out and do it.

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