The Jets must get Sam Darnold help in the 2021 NFL Draft
Another offseason in the books for the New York Jets seem to still have people undecided when predicting their 2020 season. After an up and down season, the Jets managed to finish with a 7-9 record and showed they could compete in a new post-Brady AFC East. However, this will not stop us from looking ahead to the 2021 NFL Draft.
They did well in the past draft addressing some areas of need with the additions of offensive tackle Mekhi Becton, wide receiver Denzel Mims, and running back Lamical Perine. They also added more young talent and depth on the defensive side of the ball in pass rusher Jabari Zuniga, safety Ashtyn Davis, and cornerback Bryce Hall.
The Jets defense made some great strides last season ranking as the top rush defense in expected points contributed—all without top linebackers C.J. Mosley and Avery Williamson. Building on top of that the Jets need to play better in the secondary and make some noise on offense.
Entering Sam Darnold’s third season, the Jets have yet to surround him with the elite talent necessary to take that next step; it seems as though they lack that identity on offense they desperately need. They were able to add speedster Breshad Perriman to help out wide, and also brought in veteran left tackle George Fant to help protect Darnold.
After ranking dead last in passing offense last year and 31st in rushing offense, the Jets still need help to be a legit offense in the future.
Recently, the Jets have been a massive topic of conversation in the media as star safety Jamal Adams has spoken out against the team requesting a trade. Jamal has been very vocal about wanting an early extension, as in only three seasons, he has already cemented himself as the top safety in the NFL.
After the dreadful Kelechi Osemele situation, lately, it seems as though this is a trend around the Jets organization. In just one season, head coach Adam Gase has created some disparity among the Jets’ locker room from saying he didn’t want running back Le’ Veon Bell, to now Jamal Adams wishing to be shipped out.
This isn’t the first time Gase has chased top talent out of an organization. In Miami, after one season, Minkah Fitzpatrick requested a trade as he wasn’t happy with his role and coaching staff. Also, other Miami players have shined in new situations after the Gase departure; Kenyan Drake in AZ, Devante Parker, and Minkah breaking out in Pittsburgh. Joe Douglas and the Jets seriously need to think about the future of this franchise and whether they can keep letting Gase drive talent out of town.
How can Joe Douglas save this sinking ship? Getting some elite talent in the upcoming draft.