Monday, May 16, 2022

New York Jets Post-Draft NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2022 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Here is where the New York Jets rank in terms of average, best and worst:

  • Average ranking: 25.8 (25th)
  • Best ranking: 23 (USA Today)
  • Worst ranking: 29 (Multiple)

Below you will find a post-NFL Draft roundup for the Jets in our consensus 2022 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 29

Player who benefited most from draft: LT Mekhi Becton

The 2020 first-round pick remains large in the Jets' plans after weeks of speculation about the possibility of drafting a tackle in the first round. They didn't address tackle until the fourth round (Max Mitchell), solidifying Becton's starting job at left or right tackle. Now it's on Becton, previously hampered by injuries and weight issues, to prove to the organization that he can be a fixture on the offensive line. The talent is there, but he has played only eight complete games out of 33. -- Rich Cimini -- Rank: 29

Jets fans felt like they were in a parallel dimension on draft weekend, a bizarro world in which the organization was universally praised for its sterling draft acumen. The Jets have been the source of belly laughs for decades this time of year, but no one was laughing at Joe Douglas' haul in Vegas. The team added three potential stars -- and filled three major areas of need in the process -- in the first round: cornerback Ahmad "Sauce" Gardner, wide receiver Garrett Wilson and defensive end Jermaine Johnson II. On Day 2, Douglas landed another player atop many positional draft boards in running back Breece Hall. After an excellent offseason of personnel moves, the Jets suddenly have a compelling roster on both sides of the ball. There will be immense pressure on second-year QB Zach Wilson to make it work.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 24

They are coming off the high of an outstanding draft that landed three top players in the first round. Now it's all about Zach Wilson growing as a player.

USA Today -- Rank: 24

By all accounts, they "won" the draft, capitalizing on the remaining picks extracted from the Jamal Adams and Sam Darnold trades. Now, can a team that hasn't been to the playoffs in 12 years nor been above .500 in seven actually win some football games?

The Athletic -- Rank: 29

If last season was about beginning a rebuild under new head coach Robert Saleh, 2022 must be about taking a major step forward with second-year quarterback Zach Wilson. We all seemed to really like the Jets' draft and believe general manager Joe Douglas found several Week 1 starters, but with a roster as thin as it was last year, upgrades were needed at many positions. Still, our panel picked the Jets as the fourth team in the AFC East.

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