The Jets clearly grew bored with listening to in regards to the NFL’s worst offense.
New teaching workers. New scheme. New quarterback. And loads of new weapons.
The Jets entered the 2021 NFL Draft holding 10 picks, made a number of trades and got here away with 10 gamers. The first 4 all play on the aspect of the ball the place the Jets ranked No. 32 final season. Here are The Post’s pick-by-pick grades for the Jets’ draft class:
Round 1, No. 2 general: Zach Wilson (QB, BYU)
Wilson emerged because the NFL’s consensus No. 2-ranked quarterback, pulling away from Justin Fields, Trey Lance and Mac Jones. He doesn’t disguise that he likes to take probabilities most quarterbacks received’t, so he must stroll the tightrope between spotlight and turnover. He can throw receivers open — or he did towards a so-so faculty schedule.
Round 1, No. 14 general: Alijah Vera-Tucker (OG, USC)
Vera-Tucker was the clear-cut prime guard in the category, and there was no means he was slipping to No. 23. So, the Jets traded up with out giving up a first- or second-round pick. Great worth in comparison with the Bears’ haul to maneuver up from No. 20 to No. 11. The dream is easy: Vera-Tucker and Mekhi Becton as the brand new Nick Mangold and D’Brickashaw Ferguson.
Round 2, No. 34 general: Elijah Moore (WR, Mississippi)
It would have been straightforward to commerce again right here and recoup some picks, as a handful of groups have been attempting to maneuver up. Or to pick cornerback Asante Samuel Jr. But the Jets vowed to make Wilson’s life simpler. First with safety. Then with playmakers. Moore was second in the nation in receptions (86) and yards (1,193) in simply eight video games final season.
Round 4, No. 107 general: Michael Carter (RB, North Carolina)
Carter was ranked No. 51 on The Post’s prime 100. That’s large worth, after the Jets traded their means out of the candy spot for first-rounders Najee Harris and Travis Etienne. Carter led the ACC in speeding final season, averaged 6.6 yards per carry in his profession and returned kicks. Possible Week 1 starter.
Round 5, No. 146 general: Jamien Sherwood (LB/S, Auburn)
Sherwood made simply 12 profession begins as a university security. He had only one interception and nil compelled fumbles in faculty. But the Jets noticed some potential as a developmental weakside linebacker.
Round 5, No. 154 general: Michael Carter II (CB, Duke)
If there’s a knock on the Jets’ class, it’s that they waited means too lengthy to pick a cornerback given Bless Austin, Bryce Hall and Corey Ballentine are atop the depth chart. Hey, that’s the worth of buying and selling away two third-rounders. Carter is a three-year starter who nonetheless felt like a attain, particularly as a result of he performed largely in the slot.
Round 5, No. 175 general: Jason Pinnock (CB, Pittsburgh)
Pinnock had three interceptions in 10 video games (one-game suspension) in 2020, after permitting six touchdowns of 25 yards or extra in 2019, in response to NFL.com. He appears the a part of a NFL cornerback, with pace, size and construct.
Round 6, No. 186 general: Hamsah Nasirildeen (LB/S, Florida State)
This is a steal, although most likely to not the diploma Nasirildeen thought when he declared himself a “first-rounder.” ‘Tweeners tend to fall — look at top-20 prospect Jeremiah Owusu-Karamoah sliding all the way to No. 52 — and it’s unclear if Nasirildeen has a real place. Played two video games final season after coming back from an ACL harm.
Round 6, No. 200 general: Brandin Echols (DB, Kentucky)
Converted huge receiver who performed spent two years at huge receiver earlier than transferring to Kentucky. Aced his professional day with each straight-line pace and agility. A flier on elite athleticism.
Round 6, No. 207 general: Jonathan Marshall (DT, Arkansas)
He had the highest athleticism rating (99) amongst all defensive tackles in the category, in response to NextGenStats. The 6-foot-3, 310-pounder ran the 40-yard sprint in 4.81 seconds, vertical jumped 32 inches and put up 36 reps on the bench press. Just 11.5 tackles for loss (1.5 sacks) in 34 video games, nevertheless.
Overall draft class grade: A