The NY Jets are just nine days away from the start of the 2021 NFL Draft, at the time of writing. With 10 total picks, including five inside the top-90, the team will be given the chance to do some serious damage in just a few days.
It will be Joe Douglas’ second draft as general manager of the Jets and his first paired with the new coaching staff. The Adam Gase era is over in New York and in will step former San Francisco 49ers’ head coach Robert Saleh.
Saleh will look to spearhead a new era of football for the Jets, and he brought over a few friends from San Francisco to help him with that cause — most notably new offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur.
LaFleur and Saleh will work hand-in-hand with Douglas as they look to identify which 2021 NFL Draft prospects the team should target. As per usual, a lot of this will be dependent on the scheme the Jets plan to employ.
LaFleur’s scheme is still a bit of an unknown given that this will be his first opportunity to put together an offensive system. But given his time under Kyle Shanahan with the 49ers, the assumption is that his scheme will be similar to that of his former head coach.
That means expect a zone-blocking scheme that emphasizes quick passes, yards after the catch, and most importantly speed on offense. That’s the Kyle Shanahan way, and the assumption is that LaFleur will bring a similar flavor to the Jets’ offense.
With that in mind, which prospects are ideal fits in such an offensive system? Let’s take a look at four reasonable draft targets who are perfect fits in Mike LaFleur’s scheme.
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