We know that the NY Jets are going to select a quarterback with the No. 2 overall pick, but what positions shouldn’t they go after with the No. 23 and No. 34 selections?
The 2021 NFL Draft is only days away and it’d be an understatement to say that Jets fans are excited. With three picks in the top 34 this year, the team has the ability to turn their franchise around very quickly.
This will be the fifth time since the 2000 NFL Draft that the Jets have multiple picks in the first round. Fortunately for New York, the team seems to do very well when they have multiple cracks at top players.
For example, here is a list of those four previous drafts where the team had multiple first-round picks:
- 2000 NFL Draft:
- Shaun Ellis, DE (12th overall)
- John Abraham, DE (13th overall)
- Chad Pennington, QB (18th overall)
- Anthony Becht, TE (27th overall)
- 2006 NFL Draft:
- D’Brickashaw Ferguson, OT (4th overall)
- Nick Mangold, C (29th overall)
- 2008 NFL Draft:
- Vernon Gholston, DE (6th overall)
- Dustin Keller, TE (30th overall)
- 2013 NFL Draft:
- Dee Milliner, CB (9th overall)
- Sheldon Richardson, DT (13th overall)
Vernon Gholston and Dee Milliner may be two of the biggest busts in Jets history, but besides that, the team has done pretty well overall.
Every player in the 2000 draft class played a long career, while the 2006 draft class supplied the Jets with two of their best offensive linemen of all time.
It’s going to be very exciting to see how the chips fall this year. Also, it’s quite possible that the Jets trade up from No. 23, which is definitely something to keep your eye on.
Either way, as you can see, the offensive line and defensive line picks were the safest selections made by the Jets over the years. In order for the team to continue to improve, those are the positions they should continue to draft with the No. 23 and No. 34 picks this year.
However, here are three positions that New York shouldn’t draft with their top picks in the 2021 NFL Draft.
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