Jets Select Carter Warren In Round 4April 29, 2023
Jets UDFA Signings: Good Players Coming Into CampMay 1, 2023
Day 1 Grade: B-
In the 2022 season, McDonald had his best year in college and showed impressive lateral quickness. PFF’s Sam Monson regards him as the second-best pass-rusher in this year’s draft class, but despite that, McDonald was only ranked the 29th-best player on the PFF big board. Nonetheless, he finished his college career with 127 total pressures across 862 pass-rushing snaps. This significant accomplishment showcases his talent and potential.
Day 2 Grade: A
Due to the Jets’ decision to bring back Connor McGovern on a cheap, one-year deal, their need to draft a center was eliminated. However, Tippmann offers the team another long-term option at this position. Tippmann brings to the Jets a rare combination of size and athleticism, which can significantly improve the team’s offensive line. His 84th-percentile run-blocking grade on zone runs since 2021 is an impressive addition to the team.
Day 3 Grade: B
Warren is a promising tackle that the Jets have finally taken. Although he is currently projected to be more of a depth piece, Warren still has the potential to grow and develop his skillset. His physical attributes are impressive, including his requisite build and length. He needs some work on his technique and consistency in pass protection, but the Jets believe Warren has plenty of room to improve.
Reports suggested that the Jets were interested in drafting Alabama running back Jahmyr Gibbs at the 15th overall pick, but instead, they added a speedy depth piece in Abanikanda, who boasts an excellent rushing grade of 90.6 from the 2022 season. His 10-yard split, vertical jump, and broad jump all ranked in the 95th percentile or better, making him a valuable rotational piece. Though his hip flexibility and bend need improvement, Abanikanda’s explosiveness and speed make him a perfect fit for the Jets’ backfield.
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Barnes is an undersized linebacker, but at 4.54 seconds on his 40-yard dash, he ranks in the 88th percentile. His 88.9 run defense grade in 2022 illustrates his speed and agility, particularly when defending against the run. The Jets have high hopes for Barnes and his potential.
Finally, Kuntz is a unique and freakishly athletic player at 6-foot-7 and 255 pounds. He performed exceptionally well at the combine, ranking above the 90th percentile in his 40-yard dash, vertical jump, broad jump, short shuttle, and three-cone drills. His combination of size, strength, and agility could bring a great deal of potential to the Jets.