FLORHAM PARK, New Jersey – In preparation for the NFL Draft, New York Jets general manager Joe Douglas said the goal was to “surround our next quarterback with as much talent as possible.”
He was not mistaken.
After choosing BYU quarterback Zack Wilson with the second overall pick, the Jets added three more offensive players. The latest choice, North Carolina, which returns Michael Carter, came on Saturday in the fourth round.
This is only the third time in the general era of the draft (since 1967) that aircraft have opened a project with four consecutive attack selections. This happened in 1969, the year after their only Super Bowl season, and in 1983, when they selected quarterback Ken O̵
The race ended in the fifth round on Saturday, as the Jets selected Auburn for safety Jamien Sherwood with the 146th overall pick.
Wilson’s election has been expected for weeks, as the Jets needed a replacement for Sam Darnold, who was traded to the Carolina Panthers on April 5. With a new head coach with a defensive mindset, Robert Saleh, there was a balance between offense and defense.
After Wilson, the Jets traded nine seats in the first round to take USC guard Alijah Vera-Tucker with the 14th pick. In the second round, they chose the broad successor to Ole Miss Elijah Moore No. 34 in general.
Wilson, Vera-Tucker and Moore were ranked among the top 25 players on board the Jets, according to Douglas. They wanted Moore so badly that in the final stages of the first round, offensive coordinator Mike Laffler became worried and excited.
“He used to say, ‘Holy cow!’ He is slipping, “Saleh said.
Moore, who caught 86 assists in eight games last season, said he can’t wait to start working with Wilson.
“Oh, man, he has a great hand,” Moore said. “[I’d better] get ready to catch a lot of touchdowns. “
The Jets, coming out of one of the worst seasons in franchise history (2-14), needed offensive help in the worst possible way. Under former coach Adam Gaze, they finished 32nd in the yards for two consecutive years and were the only team in the last 40 years to finish last in the yards of the game in recent years.
In addition to the reasons, the Jets have signed broad successors Corey Davis and Keelan Cole.
Carter, who averaged 8.0 yards per carry last season for Tar Heels, should provide a big dimension in the back.
“Explosive and fun,” he said, describing his running style.