Jets, Giants Focus on Defense in Round 1 of the NFL Draft

The New York space’s soccer groups, no less than reasonably profitable final 12 months, didn’t get to select in the glamorous high few spots in the first spherical of the NFL draft on Thursday. Away from the highlight, they each chosen defensive gamers who appear like they might help already stable cores.

Anything the Jets did on draft day was going to be overshadowed by the blockbuster commerce for future Hall of Fame quarterback Aaron Rodgers earlier in the week. That acquisition prompted many prognosticators to imagine the Jets would take an offensive lineman to guard their new asset.

But choosing at No. 15 (two slots decrease than initially assigned as a result of of a decide swap in the Rodgers deal), the Jets went for Will McDonald IV, an edge-rushing defensive finish from Iowa State.


McDonald is a sack specialist, holding the Big 12 profession document, and at 6-foot-4 and 239 kilos, a bodily marvel, by all accounts. He enjoys leaping over vehicles, though he stated he deliberate to cease the pastime now that he’s a professional.


McDonald is the first Iowa State participant to go in the first spherical since 1973. The workforce was 4-8 final 12 months, however did win the Fiesta Bowl in the 2020 season.

McDonald joins Quinnen Williams, the Jets’ star defensive lineman, who had 12 sacks final season. The Jets have been tied for seventh in sacks final season, and if McDonald pans out, they might flip into one of the elite groups in that class. McDonald’s run protection is an even bigger query mark.

“We’re not going to power something,” General Manager Joe Douglas stated. “We’re all the time going to let the board come to us and take the greatest participant obtainable.”

He added, “We’re hopeful to have a couple of double-digit leads late and have completely different waves of go rushers to assault offensive linemen.”


Announcing the decide was not Commissioner Roger Goodell, however 13-year-old Kyle Stickles, as half of the Make-a-Wish program. He bought to say, “With the fifteenth decide in the 2023 NFL draft, the New York JETS Jets Jets Jets choose …”


The Giants’ 9-7-1 document and playoff berth bought them decide No. 25, however a draft-day commerce moved them up one spot to take cornerback Deonte Banks of Maryland.

Banks had a shoulder harm that led him to overlook a lot of the 2021 season, however he returned in 2022. Although his uncooked numbers weren’t superb — two interceptions in his profession — he was a scorching commodity main as much as the draft, assembly with a dozen groups.

“He’s a prototype from a measurement standpoint,” stated General Manager Joe Schoen. “He’s athletic, he is bodily, he can run.”


Cornerback appeared like a transparent want for the Giants going into draft day. Banks will be part of a corps led by Adoree’ Jackson, who’s in the final 12 months of his contract.

The Giants have been additionally stated to be contemplating taking a large receiver for Daniel Jones to throw to. But huge receivers went in all 4 slots from No. 20 to 23, depleting the decisions there. There was even some scuttlebutt that regardless of the workforce simply signing Jones to a long-term deal, it might go for one more quarterback.

“It might not be a preferred first-round place, however, greatest participant obtainable,” Schoen stated of the decide of Banks.

“You can by no means have sufficient good corners,” Coach Brian Daboll stated.


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