New York Jets brass downplays undeserved praise for NFL draft class

FLORHAM PARK (N.J.) — The New York JetsThey found themselves in an unusual place at Saturday's conclusion of the NFL Draft.

You are the one to receive universal praise.

Robert Saleh, the coach, didn't bow but just shrugged it off.

Saleh recalls his time as a student and said, “I've also been to places where we were universally mocked.” Seattle SeahawksAssistant coach in 2012. “We took Bruce Irvin, Bobby WagnerAnd Russell WilsonIn the first three rounds, we received a D grade if I recall correctly.

“It doesn't matter. We have to help these young men. They need to be ready to work. In three years, we'll be able to tell.”

The Jets took home seven players, including four top 36 picks. They used their original first round picks on Cincinnati cornerback Ahmad “Sauce” GardnerOhio State receiver Garrett WilsonThey traded in the bottom of the 1st round to pick the Florida State defensive end. Jermaine Johnson II. They traded up in round two for Iowa State running back Breece Hall.

Many draft analysts ranked Gardner, Wilson, Hall as the best players at their positions.

Joe Douglas, the general manager, has accumulated more draft capital by trading safety Jamal AdamsAnd the quarterback Sam DarnoldThe 2020 and 2021 seasons, respectively. He stated that the Jets had the opportunity to do something special when he entered the draft.

Douglas was not happy to end it, but he was satisfied.

Douglas, his third draft as GM, stated that “a few things have bounced us way in terms of the draft but we also made sure to make the most of our chances in adding quality players.” “We'll eventually see how it turns in the next two years.

“Nothing is perfect with the draft. But I feel like the past two years have been good for us and we're making the best of our chances.” After finishing with 4-13 in their 11th consecutive season without making the playoffs, the Jets required talent to fill the gap. It was also the league's longest current drought.

The Jets added tight end after the top 4 picks. Jeremy RuckertIn the third round, they added two picks in fourth round — tackle Max Mitchell (defensive end) and Michael Clemons (defensive end). After trading Johnson and Hall, they were left with seven picks in the first round.

The status of the 2020 first-round pick is a question. Mekhi BectonThe offseason program is not open to him, as he is just coming off of knee surgery. Since months, speculation has swirled about him. Saleh publicly called on Becton to join the team, who has had weight problems.

Saleh stated, “You want all of your guys to come here.” He said, “It's voluntary but I know that he works hard in Dallas. We keep tabs on him. We have tabs on him.

Saleh, looking at a TV camera, smiled and said, “We would love for you to come back here, buddy.” We'll take good care of you.

Saleh put Becton in notice that he would not be able to compete at the end. George FantTo win the left-tackle job. He was vague when asked about Becton’s role on Saturday and suggested that they might be able to move him to right tackle.

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