NFL NFL Draft: News, Rumors, and Reactions

Follow along as the Jets make their picks!

Jets sign Tristen Hoge, OG from BYU. Hoge will continue to block for his college teammate Zach Wilson in the NFL. Hoge transferred from Notre Dame to BYU after one season. His last two seasons for the Cougars, Hoge battled injuries and health issues. When on the field, Hoge was solid for BYU. The 6’4″ 306-pound guard displayed impressive strength at his pro day with 29 reps of 225 lbs on the bench. Hoge will try to stick as IOL depth for the Jets. – Dan Essien

Jets sign Teton Saltes, OT from New Mexico State. The 3-year starter, had an impressive pro day that perhaps got the attention of the New York Jets. At 6’6″ and 300 lbs he ran a 4.94 40-yard-dash, and a 30.5 inch vertical jump. Saltes adds even more imposing size and sneaky athleticism to an evolving Jets’ offensive line. We’ll see if he can stick as depth behind George Fant at right tackle. – Dan Essien

Jets sign Kenny Yeboah, TE, Ole Miss. Yeboah measures in at  6’4″ 250 lbs and had a 34-inch vertical and a 9’8″ broad jump. Unfortunately, he injured his hamstring so we couldn’t get his speed properly tested. His on-field performances show that he has great upside as a receiving tight end, though. He transferred from Temple to Ole Miss for his final college season and had 524 yards on 27 catches and 6 touchdowns. Best scenario, Yeboah might be able to challenge for TE2 in the Jets offense behind Chris Herndon. – Dan Essien

UDFA season is now upon us. Former Oregon State edge rusher, Hamilcar Rashed Jr., is the first to sign with New York. Rashed Jr. broke the Oregon State sack record in 2019, with 14. Many had him among their best available players entering round 7. The Jets, who likely didn’t expect him to go undrafted, were quick to offer him a contract at the conclusion of the draft. Rashed Jr. will join a young, crowded edge room and fight to make the roster. – Matt Gianesses

Joe Douglas & co. wrapped up their 2021 draft with defensive tackle Jonathan Marshall of Arkansas. Marshall scored a 9.99/10 on the Relative Athletic Score (RAS) athletic test, ranking him 2nd out of 1,309 defensive tackles graded from 1987-2021. Marshall ran a 4.88 40 yard dash at 310 lbs. An athletic freak. The Jets threw plenty of late round fliers around on the defensive side of the ball today, hoping some of them will stick. Marshall, who commonly played out of position for the sake of team in college, believes the Jets got a good one. -Matt Gianesses

With their third 6th rounder of the night the Jets added CB Brandon Echols out of Kentucky.  Echols is an excellent athlete who the Jets will look to to provide competition in their slot corner room and on special teams.  Robert Saleh has gotten a lot out of smaller athletic corners before hears hoping Echols is another one.  -Michael Meegan

With the 186th pick, the Jets selected Hamsah Nasirildeen out of Florida State. Hamsah is a versatile safety who can be deployed in the box or either a two high or single high role. He comes downhill like a heat seeking missile in the run game and is one of the most exciting players you’ll see on film. He can also be utilized as a weakside linebacker, and I wouldn’t be shocked if that’s where he eventually found a more permanent home. -Joe Belic

Apparently, you can never have enough Michael Carters on one team, and with the 154th pick, the Jets selected Michael Carter II, a defensive back from Duke. Carter spent most of his collegiate career playing in the slot but has experience at safety. Considering the Jets decided to move on from Brian Poole—at least for now—Carter will have a chance to compete for the starting nickel role. At the very least, with a 4.32 40-yard dash and willingness to lay the wood as a tackler, he’ll make for a solid special teams contributor. -Joe Belic

Jets kept the offense train rolling with the selection of WR Elijah Moore out of Ole Miss.  Many expected a trade out of 34 but Joe Douglas stood pat and landed one of the most dynamic playmakers in the draft. Joe Douglas is doing everything he can to surround his rookie QB with talent and Elijah Moore is going to be a godsend for Zach Wilson in this offense.  Lets score some points.  – Michael Meegan (10:14 am).

The board broke nicely for the Jets through the first 13 but they clearly had a player in mind when the Vikings pick came up at 14. With a run on offensive lineman likely approaching based on team needs, the Jets traded picks 23, 66, and 86 for the 14th overall pick. The price was fairly high for the Jets but they still had 7 picks left after 14 and opportunities to maneuver their positions later. – Dan Essien (10:08 am)

With the 14th pick the Jets selected Alijah Vera-Tucker, the ultimate plug-and-play prospect. Coming in to man his natural position (LG), he will undoubtedly hit the ground running and secure the left side of the line with fellow bulldozer Mekhi Becton.

Vera-Tucker is like a brick wall on the interior. A scheme versatile offensive lineman with good athleticism, his ability to mirror, steer, and control in pass protection is unmatched in this class. His use of hands-both timing and placement-is elite. In addition, you can’t help but respect his relentless drive to finish opponents on every play. The Jets got a good one; Alijah Vera-Tucker is an A+ pick. -Joe Belic

To the surprise of none, the Jets used the second overall pick of the 2021 NFL draft on BYU quarterback Zach Wilson.  Wilson is familiar/comfortable with schemes similar to what new Offensive Coordinator, Mike LaFleur, is expected to run in New York. Wilson has tremendous upside, and Jets Nation certainly hopes this time around is different than last. – Matt Gianesses (9:45 am)