The New York Jets got their guy at two, but they also traded up to grab extra protection for the former BYU Cougars QB.
Coming into the draft, there was a pretty clear idea who the Jets would be taking with the second pick. Rver since his pro day in Utah, it was clear that quarterback Zach Wilson would be the pick and the pick he was!
It was a nervy few minutes while Gang Green were on the clock, but it was never in doubt who would be selected and the Jets fans knew they were in for a very exciting night.
New York Jets draft analysis 2021
Interestingly, New York broke a record last night by being the first team in the modern draft era (since 1967) to pick three QB’s within the first three picks, within a 4-year-span. There’s a heap of expectation on Zach Wilson but seeing the swag the 21-year-old rolls with and the confidence he speaks with in interviews, he looks set to give the Jets all he’s got.
Originally, the Jets held the 23rd pick in the first round, however while the Minnesota Vikings were on the clock, Robert Saleh’s men traded up nine spots – giving away their two third round picks to do so.
Before the night, once the QB position was addressed, the offensive line was a must. General manager Joe Douglas realised that and drafted USC Guard Alijah Vera-Tucker with the fourteenth pick. Vera-Tucker is a versatile lineman, who has previously played in the left tackle position for an entire season in college.
Drafting left tackle Mekhi Becton in the first round last year, now Vera-Tucker this year, it has been a long time since the Jets drafted two offensive lineman in two consecutive first rounds. The last time was during the Joe Namath era.
A Cornerback and a Running back are the biggest needs the Jets need to look at next, potentially an edge rusher but as we go into day two of the draft, there’s still plenty of needs the Jets need to look at. Nobody can say the first round wasn’t successful and the Gang Green faithful can be extremely hopeful looking ahead.