The Jets' rebuilding project will need all the help it can get -- and it got some huge help on Friday afternoon in the form of an extra third-round draft pick.
The Jets were one of 11 teams to be awarded a third-round compensatory pick in the 2017 NFL draft, the league announced. Their comp pick will be 43rd in Round 3 - 107th overall.
The comp picks, according to the league, "are determined by a formula based on salary, playing time and postseason honors". Essentially, if a team loses more or better free agents than it signs, it is eligible for a comp pick the next offseason.
In 2016 the Jets signed running back Matt Forte (three years, $12 million) and defensive tackle Steve McLendon (three years, $10.5 million). But they lost linebacker Demario Davis (two years, $8 million to Cleveland, running back Chris Ivory (five years, $32 million to Jacksonville), and defensive tackle Damon Harrison (five years, $46.26 million to the Giants).
Harrison, who made the NFL's all-pro first team, was undoubtedly the driving force behind why the Jets' pick was so high.