4. The NY Jets trade back into the end of Round 1
If the Jets do indeed avoid trading for Deebo Samuel, then they will be selecting two studs in the first round, but as the squad is armed with two early picks on Day 2, they may very well use one of those to move back into the first round.
Andrew Booth Jr. is a potential target for the Jets, but the most likely is Iowa center Tyler Linderbaum. He would help solidify this offensive line as great protection for Zach Wilson and the Jets for years to come.
Depending on how the draft plays out, with so much talent at the back end of Round 1, the Jets may very well have two first-round talents fall to them in Round 2. But if they fall in love with a player like Linderbaum, they may not want to risk waiting.
5. The NY Jets add three new starters on defense
The Jets have done a great job thus far in the offseason of adding talent around Zach Wilson, and while one first-round choice will continue that trend, it’s the other side of the ball that will receive a significant upgrade in this draft.
Sure, the team gets a returning Carl Lawson back on top of the additions of both Jordan Whitehead and D.J. Reed, but after taking Kayvon Thibodeaux, the team will continue to improve alongside them.
With linebacker and cornerback as big needs for this team, it’s likely that they will go into 2022 with a very different looking defense, and adding in someone like Andrew Booth Jr. or Jaquan Brisker/Jalen Pitre gives this team a whole new edge.
The Jets may still not be in a position to make a playoff run, but with all these new starters, the team will definitely improve. If the draft is done right, this team could be set up for sustained, long-term success.