The New York Jets selected LB/DE Will McDonald IV of Iowa State with their first round selection (#15 overall). McDonald registered 34 sacks, 10 forced fumbles and 40.5 tackles for loss in 48 games for Iowa State. He earned first-team All-Big 12 honors three consecutive seasons.
The Gang Green were expected to select an offensive lineman in the first round, however all top linemen were off the board by the time they had to make their selection at #15. The Steelers traded with the Pats to jump in front of the Jets to #14 and select the last remaining top O-line prospect.
McDonald is expected to play as an edge rusher. According to ProFootballFocus, he earned an 84.1 pass-rushing grade in 2022 and an 85.3 mark in 2021.