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New York Jets Draft Grade

New York is a big market team and I know a lot of PGF nation follow the Jets of course. This had to be an exciting draft for the New York Jets. It started with the number two overall pick as we know, they took Zach Wilson the quarterback out of BYU, he 6'2" 214 pounds. I love this kid's confidence, that's probably the number one thing about him. He is a confident kid, he's a gunslinger. I love his attitude, he's got a live arm we've talked about him a lot because obviously there's going to be a lot of focus on the quarterbacks, but when you look at his arm that's really what stands out, he's a really good passer on the move. He's got a quick release, he's twitchy and a mobile quarterback. He can escape the pocket. You gotta love that about him, he's gonna be able to make those moves out of the pocket and he's good down the field. He's really great off platform and he can manipulate that arm angle, he can throw sidearm etc, and still be accurate and that's the thing that I think a lot of people, when they evaluate this kid they really like his accuracy. Now, the knocks on him is that he was a completely different player in 2020 versus his 2019 season. If you look at his 2019 tape it was alarming. He had a lot of bad decisions. The other big knock on him is his level of play, when he plays good teams isn't very good. So that's a little bit of a red flag for me because obviously jumping up to the next level, you're going to see such a high level of defenses, and he's going to get thrown into the mix, early. I'm sure he's going to be the day one starter, and when you look at this draft choice. This draft choice of Zack Wilson, and to move on from Sam Donald is really going to make or break GM Joe Douglas, this will be the defining pick of his tenure. Overall I like the talent, especially the arm talent from Wilson but quarterback has more to do with what's above your shoulders, than it does arm talent, and so for me this guy makes a little too many bad decisions for my liking. I wish he was a little bit safer sometimes, sometimes he tries to throw the ball into tight windows and he tries to force too many throw, when the smart play would just to be to take the check down, but he's a very good prospect, don't get me wrong, This guy still has a high ceiling.  Just not sure he's a great prospect, I think is a very good prospect and it'll be interesting to see how his career plays out, certainly in New York.

The Jets had two first round picks and with the 14th overall pick, they selected Alijah Vera Tucker, the guard out of USC, he's 6'5" 308 pounds. This guy is hands down the best interior offensive lineman in this draft, and I think he's certainly one of the safest picks in this draft because he has such a high floor. He's a versatile player, he played at left tackle at USC, as well as guard, so he's lined up at different spots and he's excelled at multiple positions he's a prototypical guard for the NFL, that he has the size the strength, he has really sound fundamentals, he's a technician out there. He's just got everything he checks all those boxes as far as what you're looking for in a starting guard at the next level. Now he gets his pads, a little too high, sometimes when you watch this tape but that's an easy fix with coaching, that's something that I'm not going to knock them too much work because I think they can fix that, but he's just a really solid all around player powerful in the run game, he's got smooth footwork and his pass sets, and he can really anchor down and stop the ball rush. There's so many things I like about this kid just a fantastic pick for the Jets when you go and get your next franchise quarterback, you've got to protect him and this pick made a lot of sense because Tucker is just one of my favorite players in this draft and a great pic for New York. He's going to be a day one starter, who instantly upgrades this offensive line. Now they started over a quarterback so you've got to protect him and so this is a great pick.

I really liked the first two picks for the New York Jets I thought it was solid, I see what they're trying to build there, but in the second round the Jets took Elijah Moore the wide receiver from Ole Miss, and this guy's a dynamic playmaker and I think he instantly gives them a spark at the slot position so I like that pick as well and I also really liked their pick by Michael Carter, the running back from North Carolina. This is a guy who had back to back 1000 yard seasons with zero fumbles in the last two years, I thought he was a late second or third round guy. So just great value to get him in the fourth. When you look at this draft class, Zach Wilson is really going to be the deciding factor on how we view this class from New York, five years from now. But I understand the selection, top to bottom, this was a great job by the Jets filling holes and finding value throughout this draft, I thought they really crushed it. I'm giving them an "A" grade.

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