Following a whirlwind Round 1 of the 2022 NFL Draft, the Jets didn’t waste any time wheeling and dealing in Round 2 on Friday night, swapping spots with the Giants and selecting Iowa State running back Breece Hall with the 36th overall pick.
The Giants then sent their pick, No. 38 overall, to the Falcons and moved down to No. 43 overall.
Hall, meanwhile, gives the Jets’ backfield a much-needed boost. He led the nation in rushing during his sophomore season at Iowa State and became the first unanimous All-American in Cyclones history when he was selected first-team in both 2020 and 2021.
During the 2021 season, Hall had 1,472 yards on 253 carries. Since becoming a starter in his freshman year, Hall established himself as one of the top ball carriers in the NCAA, rushing for 50 touchdowns and 3,941 yards in his career. He also had 734 yards receiving on 82 catches over his three seasons.
Hall finished in the top-10 in Heisman voting in both his sophomore and junior seasons.
During his time with Iowa State, he set an FBS record with a rushing touchdown in 24 consecutive games and became the school’s all-time leading scorer. In each season, Hall notched at least 20 or more rushing TDs and ran for at least 1,400 yards.
During Day 1 of the draft, the Jets selected Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner with the fourth overall pick, Garrett Wilson with the 10th selection and Jermaine Johnson with the 26th pick.