NFL players like to see themselves as unique, but scouts and pundits often try to compare prospects to established talent.
So who do the Jets’ seven 2022 draft picks compare to? Jets Wire was wondering the same thing and came up with player comps for each member of New York’s class. These are best-case scenarios of course, and not guaranteed to come to fruition.
Let’s get started with Ahmad Gardner and a comparison Robert Saleh would love to see come true.
CB Ahmad Gardner – Richard Sherman
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Gardner was compared to Sherman a lot during his pre-draft evaluation. Though Gardner is a bit smaller than Sherman – 6-foot-2, 190 pounds vs. 6-foot-3, 205 pounds – the Jets rookie has a similar skill set as a rangy, lockdown cornerback who can play in multiple coverage schemes.
WR Garrett Wilson – Odell Beckham Jr.
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Wilson has the speed, the hands and the route-running ability necessary to turn into a player who’s similar to Beckham Jr. It helps that they’re a similar build as well. Wilson’s short-area quickness and suddenness are reminiscent of Beckham’s game-changing movements.
DE Jermaine Johnson – DeMarcus Lawrence
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Johnson’s athleticism and size put him in the same mold as Lawrence, though it will take refinement and consistent production for Johnson to reach that potential. The Jets can only hope that Johnson puts together his combination of speed and strength to become as good as Lawrence within a few years.
RB Breece Hall – Le’Veon Bell
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Jets fans will shudder at this comparison because of how poorly Bell fared in New York, but Hall’s skill set is reminiscent of Bell’s Pittsburgh days and fits well in New York’s offense. Hall can run hard up the middle or wait for running lanes to open up like Bell did with the Steelers. Hall also caught 82 passes in college, so he offers similar pass-catching abilities, just as Bell did.
TE Jeremy Ruckert – Dalton Schultz
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Schultz wasn’t a consistently productive pass-catcher in college, but he showed potential in the NFL as a receiver and a blocker. It took Schultz three years to put it all together. Ruckert could be in a similar boat after falling by the wayside in Ohio State’s loaded aerial attack.
OT Max Mitchell – Mike McGlinchey
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Mitchell and McGlinchey are both adept zone-blocking tackles who fit well in a Shanahan-style offense. A few pundits even mocked Mitchell to the 49ers because he’d be a great replacement if McGlinchey leaves in free agency in 2023. Though McGlinchey is two inches taller than Mitchell, their technique, footwork and hand usage are similar.
DE Micheal Clemons – Preston Smith
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Clemons and Smith are bigger-bodied pass-rushers with great length and aggressiveness at the point of attack. Clemons doesn’t have the bend that a lot of good edge rushers have, but his power is where his skill comes from – just like Smith.
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