The NY Jets have reaped the rewards of a promising 2021 NFL Draft class
When it comes to the Jets' draft-first philosophy, there's no doubt that they saw positive results from their 2021 class.
Quarterback Zach Wilson, who was largely underwhelming at specific points of the year, showed some promising signs of growth and progress by the end of the season.
The rookie signal-caller had to deal with a lot of adversity, and he played primarily error-free football down the stretch while showing brief glimpses of brilliance with his arm and legs.
The question now becomes, can Zach Wilson take the next step and become a dynamic quarterback because that's the expectation level being picked second overall. The Jets organization needs to give Wilson no excuses in 2022.
They have to make it nearly impossible for him to fail by surrounding him with as much talent as possible. That should be goals one, two, three, four, and five this offseason for the Jets football brain trust.
Other players from the 2021 draft class like running back Michael Carter, wide receiver Elijah Moore, offensive guard Alijah Vera-Tucker, cornerback Michael Carter II, cornerback Brandin Echols, and others had fantastic first-year campaigns.
And Joe Douglas and his staff need to deliver the same results in their upcoming crop of players in the 2022 NFL Draft. Having the Jets coaching staff and personnel department deeply entrenched in the Senior Bowl will help towards that end.