The New York-area football team had at least moderate success last year, but failed to pick an attractive top few pick in the first round of Thursday’s NFL Draft. Away from the spotlight, they both chose defensive players who look like they can help their already solid cores.
What the Jets did on Draft Day was overshadowed by the blockbuster trade of future Hall of Fame quarterback Aaron Rodgers earlier in the week. We have come to assume that we will hire an offensive lineman to do so.
However, the Jets opted for No. 15 (two slots below their original allocation due to a change of picks in their contract with Rodgers) and edge-rushing defensive end from Iowa Will McDonald IV. obtained.
McDonald is a bag specialist, holds the Big 12 career record, and has the incredible physical strength of 6 feet 4 inches and 239 pounds. He enjoys jumping cars, but he said he plans to quit the hobby now that he’s turned pro.
McDonald is the first Iowa State player since 1973 to advance to the first round. The team went 4-8 last year and won the 2020 Fiesta Bowl.
McDonald joins Quinen Williams, the Jets’ star defensive lineman who had 12 sacks last season. Last season, the Jets tied for seventh in sacks, but if McDonald’s succeeds, they could become one of the elite teams in their category.
“We are not going to force anything” General Manager Joe Douglas said:“We always have the board on board and recruit the best players available.”
He said, “Hopefully we have some double-digit leads in the closing stages and different waves of pass rushers to attack offensive linemen.”
It wasn’t Commissioner Roger Goodell who announced the selection, but 13-year-old Kyle Stickles as part of the Make-A-Wish program. He had to say, “With the 15th pick in the 2023 NFL Draft, the New York Jets Jets Jets select…”
The Giants were drafted 25th overall with a 9-7-1 record and a playoff spot, but moved up one place in a draft day trade for cornerback Deonte Banks, Md. .
Banks missed much of the 2021 season due to a shoulder injury, but returned in 2022. While his raw numbers weren’t amazing (his two interceptions in his career), he was a hot commodity leading up to the draft. dozen teams.
“He’s a prototype in terms of size.” General Manager Joe Schoen said:“He’s athletic, he’s physical, he can run.”
The cornerback appeared to be what the Giants needed on draft day. Banks will join a corps led by Adley Jackson in the final year of his contract.
The Giants were also said to be considering taking a wide receiver for Daniel Jones to pitch. sharply decreased. There was even a skirmish that the team would go to another quarterback despite the fact that the team had just signed Jones to a long-term contract.
“He may not be a hot first-round position, but he’s a great player,” Shane said of Banks’ pick.
“You can’t get enough good corners,” coach Brian Dabor said.