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

NY Jets, Brandin Echols
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NY Jets, Brandin Echols
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4. Brandin Echols, CB, NY Jets

Brandin Echols had the game of his life against the Miami Dolphins in Week 15. The rookie cornerback allowed just one catch for nine yards on four targets, recording two pass breakups and allowing a passer rating of 0.0 when targeted.

His 93.3 Pro Football Focus coverage grade was not only the highest among all cornerbacks in Week 15, but it was also the fifth-highest among all cornerbacks in any game this season.

Oh, and he also did this.

Echols has now put together back-to-back solid performances since returning from injury, and his ridiculous day on Sunday moves him up to No. 4 on this list.

3. Alijah Vera-Tucker, OG, NY Jets

Alijah Vera-Tucker, much like Michael Carter II, has also tapered off after a very strong start to the season. He's still a starting-caliber guard, but his play has definitely slipped a little.

Vera-Tucker ranks second on the Jets with 39 pressures allowed, with 27 of those pressures coming over his last eight games. Since Week 8, Vera-Tucker is allowing nearly 3.5 pressures per game. That's not great.

Still, the former USC standout has undoubtedly been a major asset in the run game and he's shown enough promise this season to convince most that he should be a long-term starter in this offense.

The Jets would like to see him become more consistent in pass protection down the stretch.