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Ranking Every Jets Pick in the 2024 NFL Draft: Aaron Rodgers Gets Help

Did you get dizzy trying to keep up with the Jets draft class?

Don’t worry. U.S. too.

General manager Joe Douglas traded four times – once in the first round and three times in the fourth round. He traded in the second round.

Douglas traded away starting defensive end John Franklin-Myers as part of a salary cut made necessary after acquiring Haason Reddick in a recent trade with the Eagles. And he added a 2025 third-round pick.

All of these moves came after a handful of others well before this weekend, which included 2024 draft picks that came and went.

So what was the end result?

Here are the Post’s selected grades for the Jets’ draft class:

Round 1, No. 11 overall: Olu Fashanu (OT, Penn State) (A-)

The question entering the draft was whether to prioritize a weapon for Aaron Rodgers or a protection for Aaron Rodgers?

The Jets correctly read the receiver depth of the class and started with a 312-pound player who allowed one sack in 29 career college games.

Fashanu may not start right away like tight end Brock Bowers would have, but he’s a long-term answer, with neither left tackle Tyron Smith nor right tackle Morgan Moses signed at -beyond 2024. Considering Smith hasn’t played a full season since 2015 and Moses is coming off knee surgery, Fashanu might be needed sooner rather than later.


Olu Fashanu
Olu Fashanu P.A.

One downside is that Fashanu is primarily a left tackle. He’ll need to learn the right side as a rookie to become a true swing tackle — and perhaps supplant Moses by midseason.

Round 3, No. 65 overall: Malachi Corley (WR, Western Kentucky) (A-)

Nicknamed the “YAC King,” Corley is known for turning short catches into big wins. He holds the school record with 259 career receptions and has scored 22 touchdowns over the past two seasons.

The Jets wanted him so much that they reportedly contacted several teams trying to move back into the second round after giving up their pick in last year’s deal to acquire Rodgers. No expiration until the Panthers agree to move back to the top of the third round.

The 5-foot-10, 207-pounder draws comparisons to Deebo Samuel because he is difficult to tackle and can take handoffs on the move. But his average depth of target is only 6.3 yards, which raises the question of whether he can run the full tree of the course.


Malachi Corley
Malachi Corley Getty Images

Rodgers could involve Corley the same way he did with young Randall Cobb in Green Bay – who later became one of his favorite targets.

Round 4, No. 134 overall: Braelon Allen (RB, Wisconsin) (B-)

Well, that was a long spread of 68 picks. Can Allen be the powerhouse in a Thunder and Lightning combination?

Breece Hall is a clear-cut three-down back, but the 235-pound Allen could absorb some of the big hits on third or fourth-and-short, and steal a few short-yardage touchdowns. He has totaled 3,494 yards and 35 touchdowns in 35 career games.


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Allen, who will be 20 for the duration of his rookie season, was the youngest player in the draft, so there should be plenty of tread on his tires. He initiates contact, especially as an above-average pass protector.

Round 5, No. 171 overall: Jordan Travis (QB, Florida State) (B)

Where would Travis have been drafted if he hadn’t suffered a horrific leg fracture last November? Could he have led undefeated Florida State to the national championship?

As it stands, this scenario is perfect for Travis to take his time to regain all his strength. He can learn from Rodgers and one of the best backup quarterbacks – and young quarterback mentors – of the last decade, Tyrod Taylor.

Travis threw 44 touchdowns and seven interceptions over his final two seasons. He can escape from a crowded pocket but needs to show better ball security when scrambling.

Round 5, No. 173 overall: Isaiah Davis (RB, South Dakota State) (C-)

It’s official: Douglas loves recruiting running backs. This choice is a little too repetitive and a little ambitious.

Davis is the sixth running back drafted by Douglas in five classes. The problem is that philosophy continues to crowd out draft picks, as it did to Michael Carter last season and could now do the same with Israel Abanikanda, who has struggled to get on the field as a rookie last season.

A former zero-star recruit, Davis totaled 4,548 yards and 50 touchdowns. Half of his 24 career 100-yard rushing games came in the FCS playoffs, suggesting he got stronger as the season went on. He’s not much of a pass-catching threat on third downs.

5th round, 177th overall: Qwan’tez Stiggers (CB, CFL) (B-)

One approach to late rounds is to choose low-risk, high-reward drivers. Stiggers fits the bill after not playing college football. He comes to the Jets after a season in the Canadian Football League, which he joined after impressing in the fan-controlled football league.

Four years after giving up football to support his family financially, Stiggers visited the Jets facility on a top-30 visit, en route to becoming a draft pick. He defended 12 passes for the Toronto Argonauts, demonstrating a good break with the ball.

His ticket to the field is special teams tackling.

Round 7, No. 257 overall: Jaylen Key (S, Alabama) (C)

Key’s development has accelerated over the past two years. After getting one start in his first three years at UAB, he parlayed a good 2022 season into a no-guarantee opportunity at Alabama, where he became a full-time starter. He plays physical, whether it’s defending tight ends or bringing the punching stick on special teams.

He now gets the special treatment reserved for the last pick in the draft, including the “Mr. Irrelevant” Parade at Disneyland.

Overall draft class grade: B+

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