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NY Jets fill major needs in post-free agency 7-round 2021 NFL Mock Draft

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Round 5, 146th Overall, NY Jets: Dazz Newsome, WR, North Carolina

The Jets have already done an excellent job of addressing the wide receiver position in free agency. So much so that they really don’t need to address the position again until Day 3 of the draft, if at all.

But if they are to target the position, one player that makes sense is North Carolina’s Dazz Newsome.

Newsome is a dynamic slot receiver who’s superb at creating yards after the catch. He’s someone who can create in all areas of the field and runs crisp enough routes to see snaps early in his career.

Or in simpler terms, he’s Jamison Crowder’s eventual replacement.

The upcoming draft class is notoriously deep at slot receiver meaning that a player like Newsome should be available on Day 3. Throw in his experience returning kicks/punts and he’s someone the Jets could and should target at this stage of the draft.

Round 5, 154th Overall, NY Jets: Divine Deablo, LB/S, Virginia Tech

This might be my personal favorite selection of the entire mock draft. The Jets may have missed out on Keanu Neal in free agency, but Virginia Tech’s Divine Deablo has the potential to fill that exact same role in Robert Saleh’s defense.

Originally recruited as a wide receiver, Deablo excelled on special-teams before being moved to safety after his freshman season. From there, he went on to start two years at safety for the Hokies developing into one of their best defensive players.

But projecting him in the NFL is a little difficult. At 6-foot-3, 226 pounds, Deablo is a little oversized for a safety. However, if he were to fill that hybrid safety/linebacker role in Saleh’s defense, it’s easy to see him finding success.

Deablo has the frame of a WILL linebacker and has the size and lateral mobility to match up with opposing tight ends. On top of that, he’s already a stout special-teamer which should give him a role even if he isn’t ready to start at linebacker from day one.

Deablo may be listed as a safety, but his best fit in the NFL might be as a weak-side linebacker.

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Round 6, 186th Overall, NY Jets: Jaylon Moore, OT, Western Michigan

The Jets are likely to put an emphasis on acquiring offensive linemen who possess excellent lateral mobility and high-end athletic traits. And if there’s any late-round developmental lineman who fits that bill it’s Western Michigan’s Jaylon Moore.

Moore has actually become a frequent resident of these mocks just because the fit seems so natural. At 6-foot-4, 311 pounds, Moore has the athletic profile that the Jets are likely looking for in an offensive tackle prospect.

He’s raw and in need of plenty of development, but as a late-round target, he makes a ton of sense. An experienced starter at Western Michigan, Moore started 32 games over the course of his college career primarily playing left tackle.

But the Jets could groom him to be George Fant’s eventual replacement at right tackle if all goes according to plan. Again, his technique remains wholly unrefined. He’s not someone you want starting from day one.

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However, Moore could be a natural replacement for Chuma Edoga as the Jets’ high-upside, athletic swing tackle they’re trying to develop.

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