Round 1, 1st Overall, NY Jets: Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson
For as long as the Jets hold the first overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, Trevor Lawrence will continue to be the pick. And the same goes for whatever team — likely the Jets or Jacksonville Jaguars — that is fortunate enough to land this selection.
Lawrence is the best quarterback prospect since Andrew Luck and one of the greatest quarterback prospects in NFL history. He has all the tools, intangibles, and traits to be one of, if not the best QB in the league.
And much like Luck, he seems almost bust-proof.
From arm talent to intelligence to athleticism, it’s all there with Lawrence. Of course, there’s also the added bonus of having a young quarterback on a five-year rookie deal.
Whether it’s the Jets or Jaguars, some franchise is going to have the future of their organization changed forever.
Fortunately, Sunday’s loss meant the Jets were one step closer to the coveted prize of the 2021 draft.
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Round 1, 25th Overall, NY Jets: Eric Stokes, CB, Georgia
There are a lot of different directions the Jets could go with this pick, and it’s nearly impossible to predict before free agency. But given the state of the 2021 free-agent class, cornerback seems like the most likely position to address here.
And Georgia’s Eric Stokes makes a ton of sense for the Jets.
Stokes is a physical, man-cover cornerback who has great size at 6-foot-1, 185 pounds, and excellent instincts in press coverage. The 21-year-old uses his impressive length and physicality to outmuscle opposing wide receivers.
Rarely will Stokes come out on the losing end in 50/50 situations and he will serve as a defensive nightmare for opposing offenses in the red zone.
There are some concerns about his ball skills and loose hips, but Stokes is a first-round prospect with No. 1 cornerback potential. Can’t go wrong with him at this spot.