After the Jets’ first fourth-round pick, Day 3 was all about defense.
Joe Douglas drafted six defensive players – three cornerbacks, two weakside linebackers and one defensive tackle – after taking electric running back Michael Carter with New York’s fourth-round pick.
Every Jets Day 3 pick had one thing in common: extreme athleticism. All seven players tested incredibly well despite some underperforming on the field, which is a smart play given how uncommon the 2020 college football season was with the COVID-19 pandemic. You can’t coach traits like size, speed and agilty, but you can help raw athletes develop into players you need for your team.
Carter — the running back — and linebacker Hamsah Nasirildeen were the steals of the day. Both were picked later than anticipated and could fill important needs on the Jets roster early in their careers.
Here are Jets Wires’ Day 3 grades for the Jets.