Round 2, 39th Overall, NY Jets: Christian Harris, LB, Alabama
The Jets have holes at all three phases of their defense and it's going to take a lot of work this offseason to correct many of their issues. One position that absolutely must be addressed is linebacker.
C.J. Mosley is a shell of the player he used to be. Quincy Williams has impressed and should return in 2022, but he's a little too volatile to be counted on as someone who will receive 80 percent of snaps per game.
Alabama's Christian Harris is the three-down, pass coverage linebacker the Jets are desperately missing. A three-year starter, Harris has long been considered one of the best linebackers in the country and the leader of Alabama's defense.
While his tackling is a work in progress, his athleticism, leadership, and coverage skills should be enough to make him a top-50 pick. Harris could be the future for the Jets at linebacker.
Round 3, 68th Overall, NY Jets: Jeremy Ruckert, TE, Ohio State
The Jets absolutely need to overhaul their tight end room in the offseason. Even if they target the position in free agency, there are a number of prospects who should be available on Day 2 that could make an immediate impact.
And perhaps none of them are a better fit than Ohio State's Jeremy Ruckert. A local Long Island product from Lindenhurst High School, Ruckert doesn't have the production that others in this class do, but he projects as someone who should be much more productive in the pros.
At 6-foot-5, 250 pounds, Ruckert is a plus athlete with excellent size and mobility. He has the catch radius to make some truly spectacular catches and the play strength to be a force as an in-line blocker.
His lack of production in a loaded Ohio State offense might cause him to fall, but Ruckert is a player who could make an instant impact as a rookie and help transform the Jets' offense.