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Social media reactions to New York Jets drafting Jermaine Johnson

The defensive end heads to the Big Apple.

2022 NFL Draft - Round 1 Photo by David Becker/Getty Images

Florida State Seminoles defensive end Jermaine Johnson II was selected in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft on Thursday night at pick No. 26 by the New York Jets.

Considered one of the better prospects in the class, let alone pass rushers, his slide to the latter half of the first was unexpected but still placed him on a team that many had predicted he’d end up on.

From FSU:

Johnson started all 12 games last season and recorded 70 tackles, 18.0 for loss with 12.0 sacks, two forced fumbles, 12 quarterback hurries, two pass breakups and one fumble recovery. He led the ACC in tackles for loss and sacks, and his sacks total was the highest for an FSU defender since DeMarcus Walker in 2016. Johnson’s tackles total was the most among all Power 5 defensive linemen, and he was the only Power 5 player with at least 3.0 sacks and 4.0 tackles for loss in multiple games.

He saved his best moments for the brightest lights, registering a career-best 5.0 tackles for loss and a career-high-tying 3.0 sacks in FSU’s 31-28 win over Miami. No player in the history of the FSU-Miami rivalry has recorded more tackles for loss in one game, and his tackles for loss and sacks totals were both single-game highs for any ACC defender in 2021. In the season opener against No. 9 Notre Dame, played on Sunday night of Labor Day weekend on ABC, he made a then-career-high seven tackles, 2.5 for loss with 1.5 sacks, and was the first FSU defender to reach those benchmarks against a ranked opponent since Brian Burns in 2017. Burns was FSU’s most recent first-round selection, going 16th overall in 2019 to the Carolina Panthers.

Here are some social media reactions from NFL players, FSU personalities and analysts to the selection: