Round 1, 2nd Overall, NY Jets: Zach Wilson, QB, BYU
If you were to place a wager on who the Jets’ Week 1 starting quarterback in 2021 was going to be right now, your best bet would be to put money on Zach Wilson.
Wilson is a top-tier quarterback prospect who’d have as good of a chance as any at being QB1 in a normal year. And the competition between him, Ohio State’s Justin Fields, and North Dakota State’s Trey Lance for QB2 has been a fascinating one.
Possessing the accuracy, arm talent, mobility, and moxie to be a franchise quarterback at the next level, Wilson would be a fantastic replacement for Darnold. Drafting Wilson resets the clock at the QB position and gives the Jets a high-upside signal-caller to build around.
Concerns about his prior injury history and lack of top-tier competition in college are valid, but no prospect is perfect. And provided he stays healthy, Wilson has all the tools needed to overcome his weaknesses in the pros.
Want your voice heard? Join the The Jet Press team!
Round 1, 23rd Overall, NY Jets: Alijah Vera-Tucker, OG, USC
The Jets draft their new quarterback and immediately provide him with some help on the offensive line in the form of USC lineman Alijah Vera-Tucker.
Vera-Tucker played left tackle at USC but projects a lot better as a guard at the NFL level. And his incredible athleticism and pass-block traits make him a perfect fit in Mike LaFleur’s zone-blocking system.
After the likes of Penei Sewell and Rashawn Slater, Vera-Tucker will probably be the next offensive lineman taken off the board. In fact, we’re pretty fortunate that he fell all the way to pick No. 23 here.
Vera-Tucker would immediately slot in as a day-one starter at left guard giving the Jets a promising young duo of Vera-Tucker and Mekhi Becton on the left side of the offensive line.
Next: 2. A promising CB and a third-round steal