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

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NY Jets Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
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Round 5, 147th Overall, NY Jets: Anthony Schwartz, WR, Auburn

Ideally, we would have liked to address the wide receiver position earlier. But seeing as though the Jets are likely to do so in free agency, the positional need probably won’t seem as dire come April.

Nonetheless, Auburn’s Anthony Schwartz makes a ton of sense at this spot and regular readers of our mocks should be very familiar with the speedy wideout by now.

Dubbed “the fastest player in college football,” Schwartz excelled as a track star in high school and that speed translates to the football field. He’s one of the best pure deep threats in this class and he blends his track speed with underrated physicality.

Schwartz might be a better fit as a slot receiver in the NFL, but he could also fill that Z-receiver role left vacant by the departed Breshad Perriman. The Jets need speed and that’s something that Schwartz can provide in droves.

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Round 5, 155th Overall, NY Jets: Dazz Newsome, WR, North Carolina

We waited this long to address wide receiver, so why not double-up at the position? Although North Carolina’s Dazz Newsome is a very different type of player than Schwartz.

Newsome is your prototypical slot receiver and one of the more underrated receivers in this class. The 21-year-old is a superb route-runner who runs quick, concise routes and could separate with the best of them.

He’s fearless over the middle of the field and provides plenty of YAC ability. In fact, he excelled as a punt returner at North Carolina, a trait that should serve him well at the next level.

Newsome is someone who could come in and contribute from day one before being groomed to take over for Jamison Crowder as the primary slot guy in 2022. Think of him as the replacement for Braxton Berrios, only with a much higher upside.

Next: 5. Late-round projects

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