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Jets’ Saleh: Johnson has ‘pro-ready’ pass rush moves

The New York Jets had already made two picks in the top 10 of Thursday’s NFL Draft. They landed a corner in Cincinnati’s Sauce Gardner and a receiver in Ohio State’s Garrett Wilson. 

The Jets’ night could have been over but, in a New York minute, everything changed. Jets GM Joe Douglas worked the phones in an attempt to move back into the first round, sending a second-rounder (No. 35) as well as the 69th and 163rd pick to the Tennessee Titans for No. 26 and No. 101. There was a reason the Jets were moving up — and it was to select Florida State’s Jermaine Johnson.

“It means you’re going where you wanted,” Johnson said. “It means so much. So much has been poured into this goal, this journey of mine.”

On what indeed was a busy night, for the Jets and with trades throughout the nearly four-hour event, coach Robert Saleh added another piece to the defensive front by taking Florida State’s Jermaine Johnson.

“Big, long, explosive,” Saleh said. “He has great athleticism, violence to his game. Very smart. He’s probably the most pro-ready of all the pass rushers this year in terms of having a repertoire to his game. … Really going to be a great complement to the group that we already have.”

Saleh likes to use a heavy rotation of defensive linemen, ensuring none take more than 60 percent of the snaps in a game and demanding that each gives 100 percent effort. That should play well to Johnson’s strengths as a pass rusher, using him in critical situations to chase the quarterback.

“The best part about it is the Jets came and got me,” Johnson said. “Like I told everyone, it was my favorite visit of my 30 visits and we just clicked.”

What to expect on Day 2 of the draft

It’s likely that FSU defensive lineman Keir Thomas and running back Jashaun Corbin won’t hear their names called until later in the seven-round draft on Saturday. The next two rounds on Friday (7 p.m. on NFL Network, ESPN and ABC) could be quiet for the Seminoles. A few ACC names to watch on Friday: Clemson corner Andrew Booth Jr., Virginia tight end Jelani Woods, UNC guard Joshua Ezeudu and UNC quarterback Sam Howell.