Picking high in the Draft isn’t anything new for the Jets, but you do get the feeling that things could be different this time round.
The biggest problem in recent years has been a lack of coaching talent and no real plan when it comes to team-building or getting the best out of players on the field.
Sam Darnold is the prime example of someone who was largely hung out to dry, so they had to avoid the same mistakes being made with their selection at number 2 this time round.
Zach Wilson was picked as expected, but there’s a lot to like about some of the other moves that have been made in their 2021 draft class:
New York Jets 2021 NFL Draft Picks
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It’s all well and good having an elite prospect at QB, but you actually need to build around them and give them some weapons to succeed.
Thankfully for Zach Wilson it looks like previous lessons have been learned, and that started with the move to trade up for Alijah Vera-Tucker in the 1st.
He was viewed by many as being the elite prospect at guard this year and he should be a safe pick, while the O-line will also benefit from Mekhi Becton so immediately the building blocks are there to protect Wilson.
They may have also landed a steal in round 2 with Elijah Moore who many touted as a late 1st round prospect, while they tried to add to the running game in the 4th round with the first of their Michael Carter picks.
The defense was addressed later on so that may still be a work in progress, but at least they should now be competitive in every game next year and it’s going to be exciting to see what Robert Saleh can do with this group.