The Jets acquired the No. 158 pick from Washington in exchange for a 2017 fourth-round selection, Master Tefatsion of the Washington Post tweets. Gang Green chose South Carolina tackle Brandon Shell with the pick.
New York did not have a fifth-round choice after it sent the No. 157 selection to the Broncos for Ryan Clady earlier this month. With the draft’s ensuing choice, the Jets brought in a player who could serve as the succession plan post-Clady. The former 2008 No. 1 pick’s contract expires after the 2017 season.
The Jets had yet to address their offensive front during the draft after entering the weekend relatively thin on long-term options up front. Breno Giacomini resides as the incumbent right tackle, and although the team re-signed Ben Ijalana earlier this offseason, he’s a career backup who barely played during his time with the Jets after backing up iron man D’Brickashaw Ferguson.
A 6-foot-6, 328-pound tackle, Brandon Shell started for four seasons for the Gamecocks and is the great nephew of Raiders Hall of Fame tackle and ensuing coach Art Shell.