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Power Ranking the NY Jets 2021 NFL Draft class through 11 weeks

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8. Hamsah Nasirildeen, LB, NY Jets

Hamsah Nasirildeen entered the season as the team's starting WILL linebacker — high praise for a sixth-round pick who was starting at a position he had only played for a few months.

But after a couple of lackluster performances, the Jets replaced him with waiver-wire acquisition Quincy Williams. Nasirildeen hasn't played a single snap on defense since Week 2, despite the team's linebacker issues.

Still, he's been a regular special-teams contributor since returning from a midseason knee injury and is someone the Jets would love to develop for the future.

7. Jamien Sherwood, LB, NY Jets

Another converted linebacker, Jamien Sherwood began the year as a backup but soon found himself thrust into a starting role due to injuries.

Sherwood started four of his five games played before a torn Achilles cut his rookie season short. The former Auburn safety was mostly a liability in his limited action which was to be expected for a fifth-round rookie playing a new position.

Much like Nasirildeen, the Jets will continue to develop Sherwood next summer, although his injury could complicate matters.

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