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NY Jets 2021 Draft Class Power Rankings: Brandin Echols soaring after Week 15

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NY Jets, Zach Wilson
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6. Zach Wilson, QB, NY Jets

Zach Wilson is gradually improving as the year goes on, but it's hard to argue his rookie season has been a "good" one. Wilson still struggles with short accuracy and has a long way to go before he's a viable NFL starter.

That said, his struggles are far from uncommon for a rookie QB. Wilson has cut down on his turnovers immensely with just two turnover-worthy plays since returning from injury, including none in his last two games.

Wilson is seeing the field better and making smarter decisions. The next step for him will be to improve his ball placement and take a few more chances downfield. The eventual return of Elijah Moore will help with the latter.

The Jets just want to see improvement. For now, Wilson remains an overall question mark.

5. Michael Carter II, CB, NY Jets

After a hot start, Michael Carter II has cooled down significantly and finds himself falling to No. 5 on this list. Carter was a top-10 nickel cornerback in football over the first seven weeks of the season.

Since then, he's been among the worst in the NFL. From Week 9 on, Carter's 39.0 Pro Football Focus coverage grade ranks 176th out of 187 qualified cornerbacks.

Carter has taken a significant step back, but he still lands at No. 5 on this list because of his strong start. The Jets would like to see more of the early-season version of Carter down the stretch.

Especially with the team's other young cornerbacks continuing to shine. More on that in a moment.

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