FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Throughout the run-up into the NFL draft, New York Jets general director Joe Douglas explained the aim was to”encircle our following quarterback with as much ability as you can.”
He was not messing about.
After picking BYU quarterback Zach Wilson together with the 2nd overall selection, the Jets additional three more players that are offensive. The most recent choice, North Carolina running Michael Carter, arrived Saturday at the fourth round.
This is just the third time at the frequent draft age (since 1967) the Jets have started a draft using four sequential selections on crime. In addition, it occurred in 1969, the year following his only Super Bowl year, also in 1983, when they picked quarterback Ken O’Brien from the initial round.
The run finished in the fifth round Saturday, since the Jets selected Auburn security Jamien Sherwood together with the 146th overall selection. Afterwards in the round, they chose a different player with the identical title as their brand new running back, taking Duke security Michael Carter II in No. 154 total.
The Wilson selection was anticipated for months, since the Jets had a replacement for Sam Darnold, whom they exchanged into the Carolina Panthers on April 5. Having a brand new defensive-minded head trainer, Robert Saleh, there believed to be a balance between defense and offense.
Following Wilson, the Jets traded two places from the first round to shoot USC shield Alijah Vera-Tucker together with the 14th pick.
Wilson, Vera-Tucker and Moore were rated one of the best 25 players on the Jets’ draft board, based on Douglas. They desired Moore so poorly that, at the latter phases of their initial round, offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur became excited and anxious.
He is falling,'” Saleh said.
Moore, who caught 86 passes in eight games a year ago, said he can not wait to begin working with Wilson.
“Oh, man, he has a Terrific arm,” Moore said.” [I would better] get ready to grab a great deal of touchdowns.”
Carter, who averaged 8.0 yards per carry last year for the Tar Heels, should offer a big-play measurement in the backfield.
“Explosive and enjoyable,” he said in describing his operating style.