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Ranking the 10 best draft picks of Joe Douglas' tenure with the NY Jets

NY Jets, Alijah Vera-Tucker
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NY Jets, Elijah Moore
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2. Elijah Moore, WR, NY Jets

Many experts had Ole Miss wide receiver Elijah Moore placed firmly to be drafted in the first round, but after he fell beyond Day 1, Douglas couldn’t believe his luck and swooped in to draft a big-time weapon for Zach Wilson.

An injury derailed the rookie campaign of Moore, who put together a truly elite stretch of games beforehand, and if he can stay healthy again in 2022, with more weapons around the Jets sophomore QB, Moore is a prime candidate to represent the Jets at the Pro Bowl.

With the Giants seemingly looking to move on from Kadarius Toney, it makes this pick even better for the Jets. If Moore wants to stay a Jet for a long time, Wilson and this entire organization will be very happy indeed.


3. Zach Wilson, QB, NY Jets

Early returns on the BYU rookie in 2021 weren’t great, but after becoming more relaxed within Mike LaFleur’s offense, Zach Wilson began to flash the promise that Douglas and the Jets saw from him when they drafted him No. 2 overall in 2021.

There’s still a long way to go until Wilson can truly fulfill his unlimited potential, but the back end of the 2021 season showed that Wilson can be a great player in this league. With the upgrades the Jets have made this offseason, most notably at tight end, he should begin to produce in 2022.

With other rookie QBs in 2021 not showing much more than Wilson, it reinforces the idea that this was the right pick for the Jets. While it may end up not being the case, for now, this was a great pick, and one that Douglas has tied his Jets career to.

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