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Savvy NFL Draft Picks by Jets Give Rodgers Help He Needs

Something surreal happened over the weekend: The New York Jets made sensible picks during the 2024 NFL Draft. But one person who won’t dial up kooky theories on this phenomenon is their quarterback, Aaron Rodgers. He gets some much-needed help via this draft.

On paper, Rodgers will ride into the 2024 regular season armed with a more capable offense. New York used its first five picks to select players on offense. Regardless of what Rodgers says or does, the Jets believe in him and continue to go “all in.” Now, we wonder how the Jets’ Super Bowl odds among other NFL markets will be impacted.

Strategic NFL Draft Picks Boost Jets' Arsenal for Supporting Rodgers
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Keep ’Em Off Rodgers

There is no defending all the things Rodgers says online or on his X account, but the Jets can protect him on the turf, where it matters. Thus, New York used its first-round pick, 11th overall, to take Penn State’s Olumuyiwa Fasahanu. He boasts the most potential among the offensive tackle prospects and will have two solid mentors in Morgan Moses and Tyron Smith. The question becomes when he’ll start.

Smith is injury-prone and has not played a full season since 2015. Moses is coming off knee surgery. And Fashanu mainly plays at left tackle so he will need to learn the other side and be a “swing” tackle. But that’s alright. He’s only protecting a future Hall of Famer coming off a season-ending injury. No pressure, kid.

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Give Rodgers More Ammunition

Protecting Rodgers is just half the battle. He’ll need players to help him move the ball. The Jets just signed wideout Mike Williams from the Los Angeles Chargers to pair with Garrett Wilson.

With their third-round pick, they drafted Malachi Corley from Western Kentucky. He’ll figure to be the team’s starting slot receiver as the “YAC King.” He could be Rodgers’ short-yardage safety net and ease the angst of not drafting tight end Brock Bowers, who was projected to go to New York.

With their Day 3 picks, the Jets snagged two running backs: Braelon Allen from Wisconsin at 134th overall and Isaiah Davis from South Dakota at 173rd overall. The latter is the closest thing to a head-scratching move by the Jets, as they already have Breece Hall as the starter. Allen is a chunky 235-pound power runner. He’ll be a short-yardage threat. But only God knows what the Jets plan to do with Davis.

Sandwiched between these picks is quarterback Jordan Travis out of Florida State. He’s coming off a horrible knee injury and may have been drafted much earlier had he stayed healthy. He is a shifty quarterback who can use his legs to make plays. The Jets may use him occasionally. As it stands, though, he’ll be QB3 on the Jets’ depth chart and will be mentored by Tyrod Taylor and even Rodgers.

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Jets Take Fliers on Secondary

To cap off their draft, the Jets used their last two picks on a pair of defensive backs. They drafted cornerback Qwan’tez Stiggers out of the CFL and safety Jaylen Key from Alabama.

Stiggers has had an unconventional career getting to the CFL. He skipped college and elected to go pro with the Fan Controlled Football (FCF) league. From there he signed with the Toronto Argonauts of the CFL and was named CFL Most Outstanding Rookie.

Key, on the other hand, comes from the prestigious SEC program. He’ll further add to his physical style of play as he looks to make a name for himself after being this year’s “Mr. Irrelevant.”

Given the Jets’ circumstances last season, they have become a more intriguing team this 2024. And if Rodgers can stay on the field, the Jets will remain a popular team to bet in the sportsbook.

 

 

Questions of the Day

Did the New York Jets draft a quarterback in the 2024 NFL Draft?


The Jets used a fifth-round pick to draft Jordan Travis, a quarterback out of Florida State.

Will the Jets improve on their 7-10 record from 2023?


The team can improve from its seven wins in 2023. But it is still projected to finish under 9½ wins at -125 on the sportsbook.

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