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

NY Jets, Michael Carter
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NY Jets, Michael Carter
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2. Michael Carter, RB, NY Jets

Again, you could really rank these top three in any order. Michael Carter comes in at No. 2 with his best performances coming over the last few weeks.

Carter's numbers might not jump out immediately, but the fourth-round pick has been one of the best rookie running backs in football this year. Carter has amassed 738 scrimmage yards this season which is nearly 300 more than any other player on the roster.

Pro Football Focus has a stat called "Elusive Rating" which is intended to determine the actual effectiveness of a runner independent of his blocking. Carter's 83.9 rating ranks third in the entire NFL behind just Nick Chubb and Jonathan Taylor.

He's been really, really good. Unfortunately, an ankle injury will sideline him for the next 2-3 weeks which will be a sizable blow to a Jets offense that has been clicking as of late.

1. Alijah Vera-Tucker, OG, NY Jets

Alijah Vera-Tucker gets the slight nod over Elijah Moore and Michael Carter simply because he's been playing at a pretty high level for the entire season.

The 14th overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft stepped into the starting left guard role this summer and has already played at the level of an above-average player at his position.

His 75.7 run-block grade ranks 14th among all guards in football, and that's been without Mekhi Becton by his side. His pass protection has been somewhat of an issue in recent weeks, but he's still playing at a level most rookies can only dream of.

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The Jets have their long-term starting left guard. Vera-Tucker has been worth every asset it took to trade up for him.

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