3. Michael Carter, RB, NY Jets
The Jets were always expected to target a running back at some point during the 2021 NFL Draft. But despite rumors that they could look to select one in the early rounds, they opted to wait until the fourth round to address the position.
Yet, they still managed to land one of the better running backs in the class.
The Jets selected North Carolina running back Michael Carter with the 107th overall pick in the fourth round making one of the better value picks of Day 3 of the draft.
Carter was widely projected to be a Day 2 selection with some even having him as an early-to-mid second-round pick. His conglomerate draft value was pick No. 68 — right at the beginning of the third round.
Nearly 40 picks later, the Jets still managed to snag him.
Carter is a lighting-quick, electric runner with excellent vision who should slot in as a day-one contributor. He's a perfect fit for the Jets' new offensive scheme and it wouldn't be surprising to see him take over as the lead back before the end of the year.
Landing Carter at 107 is exactly the reason teams don't draft running backs early, especially a team like the Jets with as many roster holes as they had to fill.
There are mid-round steals at the running back position every single year, and Michael Carter has the chance to be just that for the Jets.