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The NY Jets 2021 NFL Draft class has been really impressive

By Kristen Wong
NY Jets, Michael Carter
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The NY Jets have a young and bright future, and it's all thanks to their 2021 NFL Draft class.

Though Zach Wilson has yet to cement his status as a franchise quarterback, the other rookies have soared above and beyond this season.

Alijah Vera-Tucker has played in every offensive snap through 11 weeks and is already likely the most dependable and talented offensive lineman on the team.

Michael Carter II has established himself as a starting-caliber slot cornerback recording 48 tackles, four passes defended, and one quarterback hit.

Michael Carter and Elijah Moore have been the two shining stars of the Jets' offense in recent weeks, with Carter rushing for 430 yards this season before getting injured.

Meanwhile, Moore enjoyed the most productive game of his career in Week 11, catching eight passes for 141 yards and one touchdown. So far this season, Moore has 33 catches for 415 yards and four touchdowns.

The NY Jets are studded with up-and-coming talent who could dramatically shape the team's future

Picking up these studs in the 2021 NFL Draft class was likely a mixture of good fortune and the organization's intuition. Say what you want about Joe Douglas, but he played an important part in adding such rosy talent to a typically gloomy Jets franchise.

We didn't forget about cornerback Brandin Echols either, whose speed and nose for the ball made him a viable starter in New York's defensive backfield. At the very least, he could evolve into a fine depth piece once he recovers from injury.

New York usually can't afford the luxury of having depth on their roster, but if their future draft classes end up playing out this well, they could have all the pieces for an incredibly promising, albeit developmental, team moving forward.

A stalwart run and pass protector. An explosive ball-carrier. A shifty route-runner.

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