The NY Jets have officially completed their 2021 NFL Draft class. 10 players. Four on offense, six on defense. One talented group of players.
The Jets entered the 2021 NFL Draft with high expectations. A new quarterback was likely on the way and general manager Joe Douglas had plenty of draft capital at his disposal to utilize.
Now that the dust has settled, it’s safe to say that most (if not all) expectations were met.
Douglas and the Jets landed their franchise quarterback. They managed to provide him with some much-needed assistance in the form of a stalwart offensive linemen and two dynamic offensive playmakers.
And on Day 3, the Jets added some notable high-upside athletes on the defensive side of the ball who could develop into future contributors on both defense and special teams.
Let’s take a brief look at the 10 picks the Jets made.
List of all 10 NY Jets draft picks in the 2021 NFL Draft
Round 1, 2nd Overall: Zach Wilson, QB, BYU
The Jets drafted their quarterback of the future in Zach Wilson. It was the pick everyone saw coming, and it’s the pick that the entire draft class could hinge on.
Round 1, 14th Overall: Alijah Vera-Tucker, OG, USC
The Jets traded up nine spots in the first round to land arguably the best interior offensive line prospect in Alijah Vera-Tucker. He will slot in as a day-one starter at left guard alongside 2020 first-round pick Mekhi Becton.
Round 2, 34th Overall: Elijah Moore, WR, Ole Miss
Elijah Moore gives the Jets an explosive wide receiver who many saw as a surefire first-round prospect. He likely projects as the slot receiver of the future with a higher upside than the incumbent Jamison Crowder.
Round 4, 107th Overall: Michael Carter, RB, North Carolina
The Jets landed one of the best pure scheme fits at running back in North Carolina’s Michael Carter. Carter is a dynamic runner with excellent vision and outside speed that should allow him to excel with the Jets.
Round 5, 146th Overall: Jamien Sherwood, LB, Auburn
The first of six straight defensive picks, Jamien Sherwood was a one-year starter at Auburn and projects as a hybrid box safety/linebacker in the NFL. Look for him to make an impact on special teams and compete for playing time at weak-side linebacker.
Round 5, 154th Overall: Michael Carter II, CB, Duke
The second Michael Carter of the draft, this Duke cornerback is undersized but smooth in coverage. At only 5-foot-9, he’s likely more of a slot corner and could even play some safety.
Round 5, 175th Overall: Jason Pinnock, CB, Pittsburgh
The Jets drafted another cornerback with their third fifth-round selection, this time adding the athletic Jason Pinnock. Pinnock has good size (at 6-foot, 204 pounds) and will compete in a crowded cornerback room.
Round 6, 186th Overall: Hamsah Nasirildeen, LB, Florida State
Perhaps the steal of the entire draft for the Jets, Hamsah Nasirildeen was projected as a Day 2 pick, but fell all the way to the sixth round. The former FSU star will serve as a hybrid safety/linebacker and could see playing time early in his career.
Round 6, 200th Overall: Brandin Echols, CB, Kentucky
A former JUCO standout, Brandin Echols was one of the most athletic cornerbacks in the 2021 draft class posting a blazing 4.36 40-yard dash and an absurd 42.5-inch vertical at his pro day. He’s a developmental cornerback prospect who will compete for a roster spot.
Round 6, 207th Overall: Jonathan Marshall, DT, Arkansas
Another absurd athlete, Jonathan Marshall posted the second-highest relative athlete score out of any defensive tackle since 1987. He played out of position at Arkansas and projects best as a developmental three-technique in the NFL.