7 things to know about new Jets DE Jermaine Johnson II

The Jets got their man in the first round of the 2022 NFL draft, swinging a trade with the Titans for the 26th pick. That landed the Jets Florida State defensive end Jermaine Johnson II.

Johnson II was a favorite of New York’s throughout the pre-draft process. Joe Douglas decided to go in a different direction with his pair of top 10 picks, but the GM was diligent in his effort to land Johnson II. It paid off with seven picks left to go on the first night of the draft.

Here are seven things to know about Gang Green’s newest promising pass rusher.

JUCO star

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Johnson II was the No. 1 junior college player in the nation coming out of Independence Community College in Kansas. He received over 20 offers while at the school and ultimately picked Georgia over Colorado and Oregon, both of which received official visits.

Last Chance U alum

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Johnson II’s final season at Independence was chronicled by the cameras of the hit Netflix series Last Chance U. Johnson II wasn’t one of the main stars of the show’s third season, but he did receive some camera time when 247Sports recruiting analyst Rusty Mansell made his way to campus for a visit. He also caught the brunt of a rant by head coach Jason Brown during a team meeting.

Difficult high school recruitment

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Johnson II wasn’t a hot commodity on the recruiting trail coming out of Eden Prairie High School in Minnesota. In fact, he didn’t receive a single Power 5 offer due to his grades. Louisville, Minnesota, Nebraska, Notre Dame and Wisconsin were all involved in Johnson II’s recruitment to some extent, according to his 247Sports profile. However, none of the programs offered with Johnson II not qualifying to play at the Division I level.

Georgia goes wrong

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