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NY Jets: 3 best value picks made in the 2021 NFL Draft

Elijah Moore, NY Jets
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Hamsah Nasirildeen, NY Jets
Hamsah Nasirildeen, NY Jets / Don Juan Moore/Getty Images

2. Hamsah Nasirildeen, LB, NY Jets

The Jets made a total of six picks on Day 3 of the draft. The majority of the players picked were under-the-radar prospects who could have been considered slight reaches at the spots they were taken.

The same cannot be said for Hamsah Nasirildeen.

Nasirildeen was a standout safety at Florida State and considered one of the better safeties in college football prior to a knee injury suffered in the final game of his 2019 season.

He missed almost all of 2020 as a result of the injury and saw his draft stock take a hit. Still, most outlets projected Nasirildeen to be a Day 2 pick with a conglomerate draft value of pick No. 93.

Nonetheless, he went unselected on Day 2 and somehow managed to fall all the way to the beginning of the sixth round where the Jets snagged him at pick 186 overall.

That's exactly twice as long as he was projected to last.

The Jets will be moving the 6-foot-3 Nasirildeen to linebacker when he could thrive under new head coach Robert Saleh. A big-bodied, physical safety, Nasirildeen wasn't the greatest athlete at his position and his lapses in coverage held him back from reaching his ceiling.

But he'll be asked to play a very different role as a linebacker. Expect Nasirildeen to compete for snaps early in his career at WILL linebacker with the job wide open at the moment.

Nasirildeen has a chance to be the steal of the draft for the Jets if he could develop into a consistent defensive starter.

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