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Jets conclude NFL Draft by adding depth for the trenches: OT Max Mitchell, DE Micheal Clemons

The Jets concluded their draft early Saturday afternoon by adding depth for the trenches with both fourth-round picks.

With the No. 111 overall pick Gang Green selected Louisiana offensive tackle Max Mitchell and then at No. 117 they snagged Texas A&M defensive end Micheal Clemons.

Mitchell and Clemons will add to already deep, talented units.

Michell is a 6-5 300-pounder with athleticism and solid technique. He should provide depth behind the starting tackles of Mekhi Becton and George Fant.

“I’m versatile, I’m tough and I’m athletic. And I’m resilient. I don’t quit. I know I’m a hard worker,” Mitchell said. “I’m here to contend. I’m ready to go.”

On the defensive side, Clemons views himself as a disruptive player.

“I’m physical, I use my speed to power a lot in my game,” Clemons said. “I play violently and play relentlessly to the football.”

GM Joe Douglas viewed Clemons as a Day 2 talent as the 6-5, 270-pounder finished with 12 sacks in his career. Clemons slipped in the draft because he had off-the-field issues during his time in college.

Last season, Clemons was charged with unlawful carrying of a weapon, failure to identify/giving false information, possession of less than two ounces of marijuana and driving with an invalid license on Aug. 26. As a result, Texas A&M suspended him for one game.

He was also nabbed for driving with an invalid license on May 18.

Douglas felt those issues were in the past and felt confident selecting Clemons.

“We were aware of some of those issues going into this process. Part of our process is getting together with the player, having a security meeting regarding every player in the draft,” Douglas said. “Felt felt comfortable about adding him to the organization and feel good about him and not making those similar mistakes moving forward.”

Clemons believes those incidents don’t reflect who he is as a player.

“When you look at my character, that was a one-time incident,” Clemons said. “Things like that didn’t happen over the course of my life. I’ve been in trouble with the law once. That’s not who I am, that’s not who my character shows. It’s in the past now. I’ve learned from it and moved forward.”


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