Jermaine Johnson II
DE - New York Jets
The New York Jets announced Monday that they have signed EDGE defender Jermaine Johnson to a rookie contract.
Johnson, who many fantasy analysts believed was worth a top 10 pick, fell all the way down to pick number 26 overall in the NFL Draft. After selecting CB Sauce Gardner and WR Garrett Wilson with early 1st round picks, the Jets traded back into the 1st round to select Johnson, capping off an exceptional day 1 of the draft for GM Joe Douglas. Johnson will join a defense that struggled last season under rookie head coach Robert Saleh. Saleh was hired by the Jets in 2021 with the expectation that he could turn around the team's porous defense, and the addition of Gardner and Johnson should make that process a little easier for the 2nd year head coach.
The New York Jets have selected EDGE Jermaine Johnson with the No. 26 overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft.
The Jets traded up into the first round, giving them three picks on Day 1 of the draft. Their third pick is spent on Johnson, a talented pass-rusher who worked closely with the Jets' staff at the Senior Bowl. He has a big wingspan, plays hard and fast, and hits the quarterback hard. He joins cornerback Ahmad Gardner and wide receiver Garrett Wilson as New York's newest rookies.