After buying and selling Sam Darnold to the Carolina Panthers, the New York Jets’ determination with the No. 2 total choice within the 2021 NFL Draft seems set in stone. Nonetheless, what are the Jets’ different wants on this draft, and who would possibly they be taking a look at with their different alternatives inside the prime 34? On the April 7 Draft Insiders present, Professional Soccer Community’s Chief Draft Analyst and Insider Tony Pauline and PFN’s Chief NFL Analyst Trey Wingo mentioned the Jets’ choices at picks 23 and 34.
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The New York Jets’ wants within the 2021 NFL Draft are totally on offense
After an intriguing free company for the New York Jets, they nonetheless have a number of wants to handle with regards to their offense. Pauline mentioned his ideas across the Jets’ plans with the twenty third choose, together with a reputation that he believes may very well be in rivalry at that choice.
“I feel it’ll be targeted on offense. Except a prime move rusher falls to them at 23. Though, they answered that query throughout free company, and I feel they answered it effectively. I do know they like Teven Jenkins, the offensive sort out from Oklahoma State. If he’s there at 23, I feel it’s a pure match at proper sort out. It’s an enormous improve.”
The one space of their offense that the Jets didn’t improve in free company was their offensive line. On his massive board, Pauline has Jenkins ranked twenty first because the fourth offensive lineman. In Jenkins’ scouting report, Pauline describes him as an “athletic, agile, and highly effective” participant who “blocks with correct fundamentals.”
Might different offensive linemen be in play for the Jets at choose 23?
Just one offensive lineman behind Jenkins obtained a sure-fire first-round grade from Pauline. That’s Alijah Vera-Tucker, who ranks simply behind Jenkins at 22. In his scouting report, Pauline highlights that Vera-Tucker could find yourself as a guard on the NFL degree.
With this in thoughts, the Jets depth chart at guard definitely appears to be an space for potential upgrades within the upcoming draft. They at the moment have Greg Van Roten and Alex Lewis, each of who underwhelmed in 2020. Dan Feeney was added within the 2021 offseason, however he isn’t a lock to begin both.
One other three offensive linemen obtained borderline first-round grades. They’re middle Creed Humphrey (thirty first), and tackles Jalen Mayfield (thirty second) and Alex Leatherwood (thirty fifth). All three might present upgrades to the Jets’ offensive line if chosen at choose 23.
What choices might the New York Jets be contemplating with choose 34 within the 2021 NFL Draft?
The Jets have three picks inside the prime 34, and subsequently, have the flexibility to handle a number of wants alongside drafting a possible franchise QB. Pauline mentioned among the names who might in play for the Jets with choose 34.
“Prime of Spherical 2, they want a operating again. If Travis Etienne is there, I feel they acquired to look in that path. They do want one other receiver. I feel on the prime of Spherical 2, if Kadarius Toney is there, be an ideal complement to Denzel Mims. If you’re going to draft Zach Wilson at two, you higher put constructing blocks round him. Folks he can hand the ball off too. Folks he can throw the ball to, and most significantly, individuals who can block for him. Creed Humphrey, the middle from Oklahoma, I feel can also be a reputation to recollect on the prime of Spherical 2.”
As of now, the Jets have Tevin Coleman as their lead operating again for 2021. Given his harm considerations, the Jets might definitely think about including an RB within the second spherical.
Regardless of the additions of Corey Davis and Keelan Cole in free company, additional choices at WR might definitely be on the playing cards for the Jets. Cole and Jamison Crowder might be free brokers in 2022. Drafting one now would give a rookie WR a yr to develop earlier than stepping up as a possible starter subsequent season.
The Jets’ historical past of first-round alternatives is considerably regarding
With three alternatives in and across the first spherical of the 2021 NFL Draft, the Jets might be hoping to vary a latest pattern of poor Spherical 1 alternatives. On the present, Wingo shone a light-weight on simply how unsuccessful the Jets have been with first-round picks within the latest previous.
“You have a look at the Jets’ historical past by way of first-round picks. 2018, Sam Darnold traded after the third season. 2017, Jamal Adams, the security, traded after his third season. In 2016, linebacker Darron Lee out of Ohio State, traded after his third season. 2015, Leonard Williams, traded throughout his fourth season. Calvin Pryor, the security, traded after his third season. Dee Milliner, look everyone whiffed on Dee Milliner, there is no such thing as a query about it, he was waived throughout his fourth season out of ‘Bama. And Sheldon Richardson, who had very productive seasons however huge points off the sphere as effectively was traded throughout his third season as effectively.”
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