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2021 NFL Mock Draft: Todd McShay and Mel Kiper make picks for the Jets in the first three rounds

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ESPN’s Mel Kiper and Todd McShay put together a joint three round mock draft. Kiper handled the odd numbered picks while McShay made the even numbered selections. The duo based their picks on the players they would select for each team. This is not a prediction.

Here are the five picks made for the Jets.

2. New York Jets

McShay’s pick: Zach Wilson, QB, BYU

If there was any doubt that the Jets were going with a QB at No. 2 overall, it vanished when they dealt Sam Darnold earlier this month. Wilson has a ton of upside as a guy New York can build around.

23. New York Jets (via SEA)

Kiper’s pick: Greg Newsome II, CB, Northwestern

I thought about defensive end Kwity Paye here, but Newsome could be the Jets’ top corner on Day 1. New coach Robert Saleh will love Newsome’s ability to turn and run against even the fastest wideouts.

34. New York Jets

McShay’s pick: Azeez Ojulari, OLB, Georgia

New York had problems getting to the QB last year, and Ojulari is elite in that area. He’ll be a very good situational edge rusher and can help cover underneath.

66. New York Jets

McShay’s pick: Jackson Carman, OT/G, Clemson

We have to keep Zach Wilson upright, and Carman has size, mobility and versatility. He could provide depth at right tackle or move inside to guard.

86. New York Jets (via SEA)

McShay’s pick: Wyatt Davis, G, Ohio State

The running back pool has thinned out, though Ohio State’s Trey Sermon and North Carolina’s Michael Carter piqued my interested here. But Davis is a plug-and-play guard who is dominant in pass protection, and right now, the Jets need everything they can get there.

I’m not sure I would have believed you if you had told me I would be pleased with a Draft class that had the Jets passing on the offensive line in the first two rounds. This might be an exception, though. The team would add an excellent prospect at the two most important defensive positions, cornerback and edge rusher. Cornerback is arguably the most glaring need on the roster. Ojulari, meanwhile, seems like great value at 34, and I firmly believe that a team can always use another pass rusher. The double dip on the offensive line in round three gives the Jets a chance to find a player up front by batting .500.