2. Blake Cashman, LB, NY Jets
Perhaps no player emerged from the 2021 NFL Draft as a bigger loser than Blake Cashman. As the only true weak-side linebacker on the roster prior to the draft, Cashman was penciled in as a day-one starter.
This came despite his extensive injury history and despite the fact that he had little starting experience to speak of. However, based on the moves the Jets made during and even after the draft, it's clear they weren't comfortable with Cashman as a starter.
The Jets drafted Auburn's Jamien Sherwood in the fifth round and doubled up by adding Florida State's Hamsah Nasirildeen a round later. Two players the Jets plan to convert from safety to linebacker.
Despite other needs, the Jets made it a point of emphasis to draft two players who will, in all likelihood, compete with Cashman for playing time at the WILL position.
They even signed a pair of undrafted players who could also be used in a similar role — former Illinois linebacker Milo Eifler and potential Rutgers safety convert, Brendon White.
It's easy to forget, but Cashman actually entered the 2020 season as one of the Jets' two starting linebackers. He was a day-one starter over the returning Avery Williamson, but was injured just three plays into the season.
He never regained his starting job.
Cashman's injury history is working against him, and the Jets clearly felt the need to add extra competition. A lot of competition.
Neither his starting job nor his roster spot are secure.