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Two-time All-Pro says teams will regret passing on Jet’s rookie

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If you’re anything like me, you probably weren’t entirely happy with the New York Jets’ draft until they picked a pass rusher. That’s why the trade-up was so important for Jermaine Johnson II in the first round – it connected the entire round.

For general manager Joe Douglas, it went from a very solid first round to one that made headlines as the talk of the league. NFL Draft Expert Daniel Jeremiah tweeted that the Jets took home three of their top nine players in the entire draft! So why did Johnson drop to No. 26?

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With just a year as a full-time starter and a meteoric rise into the top 10, Johnson has become a polarizing prospect for fans and analysts alike. In the end, he fell towards the back end of the first lap and the Jets were ready to pounce.

The draft night drop came as a bit of a surprise based on reports throughout the week, and even caught the eye of an NFL superstar at the position. Two-time All-Pro Chandler Jones spoke on behalf of Johnson after the draft.

“A lot of teams will regret not getting Jermaine Johnson the kid will be good!” Tweeted Jones.

Several analysts agreed including design expert Todd McShaywho referred to the defensive end as an “immediate player”.

Jets 2020 first round Mekhi Becton also got involved. He tweeted, “Have been a fan since last chance and glad you’re my teammate bro!!!”

Becton references Johnson’s humble beginnings with the JUCO documentary series on Netflix, Last Chance U. His journey from community college to the first round of the NFL is legendary and an achievement to build on.

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The Seminoles pass rusher made his first trip to Georgia after his time at JUCO, but he wasn’t earning as much playing time with the Bulldogs, so he decided to travel to the ACC for his senior campaign.

At Florida State, Johnson was more productive than most of the country’s top edge rushers with 11.5 sacks and 17.5 tackles for a loss in 12 games. Some fans take great note that his overall pressure rate is lower than the likes of Kayvon Thibodeaux, but the actual sack counts were there.

Johnson is also a strong run defenseman with 70 total tackles in 2021. NFL draft analyst Lance Zierlein compared him to Maxx Crosby, noting that he has “NFL traits and the potential to keep getting bigger and better as a pro.” will.”

He continued, “Johnson’s blend of strength and athleticism should make him a surefire edge setter and playmaker near the line of scrimmage on odd or even fronts.”

At this point, Johnson still has a lot to prove due to his draft status, but he’s turning the right heads. For starters, he convinced head coach Robert Saleh and Douglas’ staff at the Senior Bowl, and Jones is no slouch. With 107.5 NFL sacks to his name, I’d say the former Super Bowl champion is as good a judge as anyone.

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At this point, Johnson still has a lot to prove due to his draft status, but he’s turning the right heads. For starters, he convinced head coach Robert Saleh and Douglas’ staff at the Senior Bowl, and Jones is no slouch. With 107.5 NFL sacks to his name, I’d say the former Super Bowl champion is as good a judge as anyone.



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