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Joe Douglas on how Jets landed Jermaine Johnson

Jets common supervisor Joe Douglas was surprised when he noticed defensive finish Jermaine Johnson II falling within the first spherical of the NFL draft final Thursday and he pounced on the chance to land considered one of his workforce’s top-rated gamers.

After buying and selling again into the primary spherical, the Jets drafted Johnson, the Florida State defensive finish, at No. 26 total.

“Pick 4 and 10 fell perfect and then Jermaine was like that Christmas present that is like not in the house,” Douglas stated throughout an interview on the “Gang’s All Here,” The Post’s Jets podcast. “That special four-wheeler or something that your dad bought for you and it’s out in the driveway. That’s the extra one that you had no idea was coming. It was a very cool Thursday night.”

Douglas has gotten quite a lot of reward for his draft, during which he landed three first-round picks after buying and selling as much as get Johnson. He drafted cornerback Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner with the fourth total choose and took broad receiver Garrett Wilson tenth total. After taking Wilson, Douglas didn’t suppose the Jets would additionally land Johnson.

Joe Douglas and Jermaine Johnson
Joe Douglas and Jermaine Johnson
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“Those three D ends went really early, right?” Douglas stated of Travon Walker, Aidan Hutchinson and Kayvon Thibodeaux. “So, you’re anticipating Jermaine to go both earlier than we choose at 10 or shortly thereafter. So, we’re celebrating after Garrett and everyone is high-fiving, hugging. Then, we get to a degree in all probability round 13, 14, you type of lose observe of what’s occurring for a couple of minutes after which [head coach] Robert [Saleh] hits me on the shoulder, ‘Hey man, let’s go get Jermaine. He’s nonetheless accessible. He’s nonetheless on the market.’

“Then, the calls started right around 15. We’re working the phone lines. There’s a lot of emotions because with every ‘no,’ you hang up the phone and are like, ‘this is where he goes.’ That happened quite a few times. Ultimately, we were able to get it done with Tennessee and get Jermaine here.”

Douglas has constructed up the roster this offseason to assist second-year quarterback Zach Wilson and stated he believes the Jets have given Wilson a robust supporting cast.

“I’m absolutely encouraged, absolutely feel great about where Zach is in his Year 2 progression,” Douglas stated. “I really feel good that he shouldn’t be within the position as a first- or second-year quarterback that he seems like he has to hold the workforce. I believe with the items we’ve added round him, the offensive line in entrance of him, including some assist at tight finish, including items at broad receiver, including items to the backfield, actually constructing good depth round him.

“Hey, you just have to play like you did at the end of last year. Just execute the offense, play within yourself. It’s our job to put good people around you and they have to do their job.”

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