The Jets selected Iowa State defensive end Will McDonald IV with the 15th overall pick in Thursday night’s NFL Draft.
McDonald (6-3, 239) appeared in 12 games for the Cyclones in the 2022 season and earned First Team All-Big 12 honors. He totaled 36 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, leading the team he recorded five sacks, one forced fumble and four passes his defense.
In 2021, the Puerkee, Wisconsin native led his team with 11.5 sacks, 14 TFL and 5 forced fumbles and was named First Team All-American, First Team All-Big 12 and Big 12 Co-Defensive Lineman of the Year. I was. .
McDonald played a total of five seasons with the Cyclones, the last two as a starter. He finished in 54 games, 23 starts, 123 tackles, 42 tackles for losses, 34 sacks, 10 forced fumbles, and 8 passes defended.
McDonald ranks first in the school’s history, and his 34 sacks are tied for all-time lead in the Big 12, one more than von Miller’s 33).
He was the Jets’ ninth pick out of Iowa State and came to Green & White a year after RB Breese Hall was picked out of the ISU in the second round last year. also got season-plus starts from DE Kenny Neale (1981, 7th round, 169th overall) and DT James Reid (2001, 7th round, 206th overall).
The Jets are scheduled to be drafted in the upcoming second round (43rd overall) and have three picks on Day 3 — No. 112 (Round 4), No. 143 (Round 5), and No. 170 (Round 5). Five).