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Jets select Pitt RB Israel Abanikanda at No. 143

The Jets have selected Pittsburgh running back Israel Abanikanda with the 143rd pick in the 2023 NFL Draft.

New York makes it back-to-back Pitt players selected after taking offensive tackle Carter Warren at No. 120. Now the Jets get a running back Warren blocked for and a very nice one at that.

Abanikanda rushed for 1,431 yards in 2022 which led the ACC and had 20 rushing touchdowns. He joins a running back room that includes Breece Hall, Michael Carter and Zonovan Knight and should be a really nice complementary back for the Jets. He can explode at any given moment with his burst. He also ran a 4.44 40 at his Pro Day — a hamstring injury prevented him from running at the Scouting Combine. Another solid pick on Day 3 here for the Jets.

Story originally appeared on Jets Wire