The NY Jets have undoubtedly been doing their homework on a number of 2021 NFL Draft prospects over the last few weeks. And one player they seem to be very interested in is Auburn wide receiver Anthony Schwartz.
Schwartz is considered to be a late Day 2/early Day 3 prospect in this year’s draft and could be a target of the Jets. That’s especially true given how much work they’ve done on him.
Schwartz recently spoke on uSTADIUM’s podcast about the teams that he’s met with the most and the first team he mentioned was the Jets. He stated that he’s met with the Jets, and a few other teams, “more than once.”
The Jets could look to add speed at wide receiver in the middle rounds of the draft and few players (if any) are faster than Schwartz.
Anthony Schwartz makes a ton of sense for the NY Jets
Dubbed “the fastest man in college football,” Schwartz ran a blazing 4.25 40-yard dash at his pro day which is just 0.03 seconds slower than the NFL Combine record set by John Ross a few years ago.
It’s no surprise that Schwartz is as fast as he is given that he’s found just as much (if not more) success in track and field as he has on the gridiron.
The Florida native was named the 2018 Gatorade track athlete of the year and won multiple medals at the 2017 Pan American U20 Championships and 2018 World U20 Championships.
As a football player, Schwartz was a four-star wide receiver recruit coming out of high school and he opted to sign with Aubrun as a two-sport athlete. It didn’t take long for him to see the field earning playing time as a true freshman.
Schwartz played three years at Auburn with his best season coming in 2020 where he hauled in 54 catches for 636 yards and three touchdowns leading an underwhelming Tigers passing attack in receptions.
He’s still a little unrefined as a receiver and needs to do a much better job of tracking the ball to become a consistent downfield threat. But his speed alone keeps the defense honest whenever he’s on the field.
And given that he’s just 20-years-old (doesn’t turn 21 until September), there’s still plenty of time for him to harness his speed and reach his potential.
The Jets don’t need to address the wide receiver position early after signing the likes of Corey Davis and Keelan Cole in free agency. But they could still look to target a mid-round receiver like Schwartz as early as the third round.
Anthony Schwartz’s speed could be dangerous in new offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur’s offense. And the Jets seem to be very aware of that.