Jets draft pick Carter Warren, from NJ, on what he brings to team and Aaron Rodgers

Sep 10, 2022; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh Panthers offensive lineman Carter Warren (77) blocks Tennessee Volunteers linebacker Aaron Beasley (24) at the line of scrimmage during the second quarter at Acrisure Stadium.

Carter Warren was watching Day 3 of the NFL Draft in his family’s New Jersey home on Saturday when his phone rang.

He noticed that the number calling him had a New Jersey area code and the Jets were on the clock. A teary-eyed Warren picked up and it was indeed the Jets on the phone to tell him he was being drafted.

A dream come true for the Patterson native who grew up watching the Jets and now will be wearing the green and white after the team selected him with the No. 120 pick.

“I was highly blessed,” Warren said after he told his draft story to the media via Zoom after he was selected.

Warren went to Passaic Tech High School where he was a fixture at left offensive tackle. One of the state’s most decorated offensive linemen, Warren was first-team All-New Jersey and helped Passaic Tech go to back-to-back state championship games, where he played at MetLife Stadium.

When asked what he brought to the Jets, Warren confidently listed his greatest attributes.

“Physical, dominant player. Great with his hands. Great football IQ and ready to work. Hardest worker in the room.”

That hard work was evident when he explained his college football journey at Pittsburgh. He spent his first two years on the scout team and eventually worked his way to the starting lineup in Year 3. He then spent the next four years playing for Pittsburgh to hone his skills.

In 2021, as a redshirt junior, Warren started all 14 games at left tackle. However, in his redshirt senior year, the 6-foot-5 tackle saw his season cut short after he tore his meniscus in game four.

Warren says he’s 100 percent healthy and ready to contribute to the Jets any way he can. Especially in helping to protect new Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers in his first season.

“It’s going to be a cool experience. He’s all about ball and business, and I’m the same,” Warren said. “I'm ready to go to work. Whatever he needs from me, whether he needs extra film work, on the field, off the field practice, I’m ready to get going.”