Jets common supervisor Joe Douglas took some time to get defensive on this 12 months’s NFL draft, however then he went full throttle.
Douglas used his final six picks on defensive gamers after utilizing his first 4 on offense. After taking BYU quarterback Zach Wilson with the second-overall pick on Thursday, Douglas used his subsequent three picks to present Wilson some assist. He took guard Alijah Vera-Tucker within the first spherical with the 14th pick then took huge receiver Elijah Moore within the second spherical.
The offensive development continued along with his first pick Saturday, which was the second pick within the fourth spherical. He used that on speedy North Carolina running back Michael Carter. It was the primary time since 1983 the Jets used their first 4 picks on offense.
That was it for offense, although. He used his subsequent six picks — three within the fifth spherical and three within the sixth spherical — to give coach Robert Saleh’s defense some depth and competition.
“We feel good about these last three days,” Douglas stated. “We feel like we improved this team. We feel good about this offseason.”
Douglas drafted three cornerbacks, which is a place that could be very skinny. He additionally drafted two school safeties who will probably be transformed to linebackers. Finally, he drafted a defensive lineman along with his closing pick.
“I feel like the board fell our way and fell the defense’s way in the second half of this draft,” Douglas stated.
Though a lot of the main target was on how horrible the Jets offense was final season, the protection was not significantly better. The unit allowed 387.6 yards per sport, which was twenty fourth within the NFL. They gave up 275.6 yards passing per sport, twenty eighth within the NFL.
Before attending to the protection on Saturday, Douglas used one final pick on offense with Carter.
Carter is simply 5-foot-8 and 202 kilos however he had a monster season in 2020. He rushed for 1,245 yards and 9 touchdowns and had 25 receptions for 267 yards and two extra touchdowns. He shared the workload at North Carolina with Javonte Williams, who was drafted within the second spherical by the Broncos.
Douglas has been targeted on serving to the Jets create explosive performs. That is what Carter did at North Carolina. He had 23 performs of 20 yards or extra in 2020. He is explosive and may return kicks.
“For him to be where he was at [pick] 107 was a major surprise to all of us, including Joe and his staff,” Saleh stated. “We felt like it was no-brainer at that point.”
Douglas and Saleh felt just like the reconstruction of a roster that went 2-14 final 12 months took a giant step on this draft.
“The objective of this entire weekend has been to get better as a team,” Saleh stated. “Find a way to fill this roster up because teams win championships, not individual players. I feel like we’ve done a really good job taking advantage not only of value but positions of need.”
The Jets added three cornerbacks on Day 3 with Michael Carter from Duke (their second Michael Carter of the day), who may also play security, Jason Pinnock from Pittsburgh and Brandin Echols from Kentucky.
They additionally drafted two school safeties who will convert to linebacker for the Jets — Jamien Sherwood from Auburn and Hamsah Nasirildeen from Florida State. With their closing pick, they chose Arkansas defensive sort out Jonathan Marshall.
Saleh stated he’s not anxious in regards to the studying curve for Sherwood and Nasirildeen transferring to linebacker.
“With the chaos we create up front our guys are more run and hit. They’re more lateral players,” Saleh stated. “When you look at Sherwood and Hamsah, they’re down safeties, which is basically a linebacker. You look at guys like [49ers linebacker] Fred Warner, who played nickel basically in college, and he transferred over and he’s turned out all right. There’s examples all over the league.”