Zaire Barnes is a 6’ 1”, 232 pound linebacker out of Western Michigan University. As a senior Barnes led Western Michigan with 93 tackles and three fumble recoveries in 12 starts. He also intercepted a pass and tied for the team lead with eight passes defended. For his efforts Barnes was named first-team all-conference.
Barnes has the size and athletic traits that project as an NFL linebacker. He did well in pass coverage in college. Barnes is not a thumper, but he fits the bill for what the Jets look for in linebackers. He projects as a backup and special teams guy early in his career, with some chance of eventually developing into a starter.
The Jets now have the following picks remaining in the 2023 NFL draft:
Sixth Round: #204 overall
Seventh Round: #220 overall
Do you approve of the New York Jets selecting Zaire Barnes with the 184th pick in the 2023 NFL draft?
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