The 2021 NFL Draft is now in the books. The New York Jets’ most important selection was new starting quarterback Zach Wilson out of Brigham Young. Chances are five years from now when judgments are made about this draft class, Wilson’s performance will outweigh all other players combined. That’s just how important the quarterback position is in the NFL. Nonetheless, a quarterback cannot excel and reach his potential without a quality supporting cast. The Jets spent the first half of the draft building up that supporting cast on offense, and came away with some quality, explosive talent. They then pivoted to the defense, spending the last half of the draft accumulating a large number of athletic players with interesting traits and upside, defensive backs and linebackers. This attempted to address the primary areas of weakness on the defensive side of the ball. In the end the Jets clearly upgraded the offense and continued to build what has the potential to eventually be the most explosive Jets offense in recent memory, while throwing a large number of athletic prospects at the defense and hoping some stick.
Here is your New York Jets draft class of 2021.
Round 1 (2nd overall) Zach Wilson, QB, Brigham Young
Round 1 (14th overall) Alijah Vera-Tucker, OL, USC
Round 2 (34th overall) Elijah Moore, WR, Mississippi
Round 4 (107th overall) Michael Carter, RB, North Carolina
Round 5 (146th overall) Jamien Sherwood, LB, Auburn
Round 5 (154th overall) Michael Carter II, CB, Duke
Round 5 (175th overall) Jason Pinnock, CB, Pittsburgh
Round 6 (186th overall) Hamsah Nasirildeen, LB, Florida State
Round 6 (200th overall) Brandin Echols, CB, Kentucky
Round 6 (207th overall) Jonathan Marshall, DT, Arkansas