There is little drama surrounding the NY Jets‘ first pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. It seems painfully obvious at this point that the Jets will draft a quarterback with the No. 2 overall pick — that quarterback being BYU’s Zach Wilson.
Barring any unforeseen developments, Wilson will be the player who hears his name called when the Jets are on the clock at No. 2. However, the Jets’ work will be far from over.
The discussion regarding what the team will do with their second first-round pick, at 23rd overall, remains a lot more interesting.
Most assume that the Jets will look to target either an offensive lineman or a cornerback with that selection, especially given their moves (or lack thereof) in free agency.
The Jets failed to address either position in any meaningful way in free agency leaving gaping holes at both cornerback and offensive guard. Ideally, the plan should be to target one of those positions with the 23rd pick and address the other at 34.
Of course, a lot of this will depend on how the board falls. But on the surface, that seems like the best plan of attack.
But what if plans go array? What if the players the Jets want at those two positions are gone by the time they’re on the clock at 23? Or what if certain players fall and they just can’t pass up the opportunity?
Draft strategies always need to be flexible for those very reasons. That means that while the plan may be to target the offensive line or cornerback in the first round, it doesn’t mean that’s what going to happen.
Today, we take a look at four unconventional players the Jets could target at pick No. 23.
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