Sports Obsessive’s continuing team by team, pick by pick, breakdown of the 2021 NFL Draft continues, with Mike looking at the NY Jets. What did you think of their draft? Check out Mike’s thoughts and then let us hear yours in the comments!
Round 1, Pick 2: Zach Wilson, QB, BYU
We all knew this was the pick for months. I like the arm talent and athleticism, but I’m just not sold on how he will fare against NFL competition or in a city like NYC. I can’t help but feel like the game might be a bit too fast for him after watching his tape.
Round 1, Pick 14: Alijah Vera-Tucker, OL, US
This guy is going to be a great guard and give the NY Jets depth at tackle. Needless to say, I love this pick. I’m a big fan of Vera-Tucker and the move up the board to get him. Way to utilize that draft capital. This O-line is going to be very good, which is a huge bonus for a young QB.
Round 2, Pick: 34 Elijah Moore, WR, Ole Miss
A lot of people had first round grades on this guy, including myself. At 5’9” and 185 pounds, people are going to want to peg him as a slot receiver— but I’m not going for it. This guy has real play speed, runs crisp routes, and is elusiveness in space. I think he can thrive outside. You have to love the value of this pick.
Round 4, Pick 107: Michael Carter, RB, UNC
I like this landing spot for fantasy and reality. Michael Carter will definitely get his chance to shine in New York. This guy has natural receiving talent but projects to be more than just your typical third down guy. I still think he will be part of a committee, but it’s hard not to be excited for his future— especially if he takes some leaps in pass blocking.
Round 5, Pick 146: Jamien Sherwood, LB, Auburn
Do you need a surefire tackler who can man tight ends all day? If so, Sherwood is your guy. With his ideal size and athleticism, I think he will work his way into the lineup quickly. Once the game slows down for him, I think this will be a great value pick.
Round 5, Pick 154: Michael Carter II, CB, Duke
The second Michael Carter in the Jets draft. I think the Jets view him as a developmental slot corner— although he has versatility to play safety as well, which was his position at Duke. A nice depth piece as the Jets improve their secondary.
Round 5, Pick 175: Jason Pinnock, CB, Pitt
The Jets double down on DB’s with back to back picks in the fifth. I’m not sure Pinnock has the speed to play on the outside. However, this guy had a habit of making big plays via interceptions and pass break ups. Nothing not to like here— another quality depth piece with good upside.
Round 6, Pick 186: Hamsah Nasirildeen, S, Florida State
I’m seeing a pattern here— three DB’s in as many picks. The Jets clearly want to develop some guys behind their current starter. I really like this pick. I expected him to go two rounds earlier. A hybrid LB/S perfectly built for dime packages. I hope he can show enough to carve out a roll and hold onto a roster spot.
Round 6, Pick 200: Brandin Echols, CB, Kentucky
Lining up across from Kelvin Joseph at UK last year, he had a great season. Echols has serious speed— 4.28 at UK’s pro day. Another DB, the Jets might have gone overboard here but I see what their goal is as they secure another guy perfect for dime packages. I feel like this guy is a bit underrated.
Round 6, Pick 207: Jonathan Marshall, DT, Arkansas
This is an area I thought the Jets should have added depth in a little earlier in the draft. This pick seems like just a guy and I don’t have much to add or say here. We’ll see if he can make the 52 man roster.
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