For weeks, the New York Jets knew they had the No. 2 overall selection in April’s NFL Draft. But entering the league’s wild-card playoff round, they didn’t know if their second first-rounder, acquired as part of the package deal that sent safety Jamal Adams to Seattle last summer, would be anywhere from 22 to 32. After the Seahawks lost a 30-20 contest to the Rams on Saturday and all six games were completed this weekend, the Green & White’s second first-rounder is set at No. 23 overall.
The losers of the wild-card games are scheduled to select 19th through 24th in all rounds and the ‘Hawks were one of three teams to play that had 12 wins in the regular season. The Saints are marching on after a triumph over the Bears while the Steelers, an outfit that lost to the Browns, will pick behind the Jets based on strength of schedule (Seattle: .447 and Pittsburgh: .475).
Before the Jets’ 2020 training camp, GM Joe Douglas made one of the most significant trades in franchise history — he considered Seattle’s offer for Adams too good to pass up. The Jets received two first-round picks, in April and in 2022, and the Seahawks’ third-rounder in 2021, plus veteran safety Bradley McDougald in exchange for Adams and a fourth-round pick in 2022. The swap was the eighth time since 2000 that a player was dealt for at least two first-round picks.