NY Jets‘ general manager Joe Douglas opted for upside in his first draft with the organization last year. Rather than target safer, more refined prospects, Douglas swung for the fences drafting high-upside players.
Just look at his first three picks for proof of that.
Mekhi Becton, Denzel Mims, and Ashtyn Davis — the first three draft picks of the Joe Douglas era — were all projection-based picks of players with elite physical traits, but guys who were still in need of technical refinement.
Becton was seen as the biggest boom-or-bust player of the top four offensive tackle prospects. Mims had the size/speed blend to be a future No. 1 wideout, but scouts had concerns about his refinement.
And Davis was an athletic freak who needed time to learn the nuances of the safety position and harness his athleticism.
Douglas made it clear in year one that he shoots for upside with his premium draft picks. If that same trend continues this offseason, which players could we see the Jets target?
The 2021 NFL Draft is chock full of boom-or-bust prospects, just as every draft class is. Be it because of injury concerns or on-field drawbacks, the prospects we’re about to take a look at are typical high ceiling/low-floor players.
They have the traits needed to become future stars at their positions, but it also wouldn’t be shocking to see them out of the NFL within three or four years.
Let’s take a look at four boom-or-bust prospects the Jets could target in the 2021 NFL Draft.