NY Jets add a new franchise QB in 7-round 2021 NFL Mock Draft

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Round 3, 86th Overall, NY Jets: Jabril Cox, LB, LSU

This is the exact same pick that we made at this spot a week ago. And we have no complaints about that.

One of the most underrated weaknesses on the Jets’ roster is at linebacker. With the switch to a 4-3 defense, the Jets realistically need to add two starting-caliber linebackers this offseason to play alongside the returning C.J. Mosley (assuming Neville Hewitt doesn’t return).

LSU’s Jabril Cox would be an excellent addition.

One of the best coverage linebackers in this class, Cox thrives in open space where he gets to show off his athleticism and range. He’s a true three-down linebacker and someone who could start next to Mosley in the nickel package from day one.

The former North Dakota State star is still a little inconsistent in run defense and he needs to do a better job of staying disciplined in his gap assignments. But Cox is a plug-and-play starter whose coverage ability gives him All-Pro potential.

Round 4, 107th Overall, NY Jets: Victor Dimukeje, EDGE, Duke

The Jets need to bolster their pass-rush in a big way this offseason and find guys who could play that five-technique defensive end role in Saleh’s system. Duke’s Victor Dimukeje fits the bill of the type of player they’re looking for.

At 6-foot-2, 265 pounds, Dimukeje has prototypical size for the position and brings a well-rounded skill set to the table. While his lack of elite traits will prevent him from going off the board earlier, he has a high floor in the NFL.

Dimukeje is technically-refined as both a pass-rusher and run-stopper and racked up 21.5 sacks over four years as a starter at Duke. He isn’t the most impressive athlete, but he has the versatility to shift inside on passing downs.

Ultimately, Dimukeje projects as a solid rotational end with the potential to be a starter if he could become a more consistent playmaker. Not a bad selection here in Round 4.

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