Former NFL GM Labels New York Jets as the ‘Winners’ of the 2021 NFL Draft

Published 05/01/2021, 1:23 PM EDT
Apr 29, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Zack Wilson (BYU) with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell after being selected by the New York Jets as the number two overall pick in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft at First Energy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports


Brigham Young Cougars quarterback Zach Wilson was in headlines all throughout the summer of 2021. After a stellar season with the Cougars, Wilson was a wanted man by teams ahead of the 2021 NFL Draft.

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He concluded his junior year with 3,692 passing yards, 33 passing TDs against just 3 interceptions.

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The New York Jets used their overall 2nd pick to select Wilson as a direct replacement for Sam Darnold. In doing so, they are now working towards establishing themselves as a major attacking threat in the AFC East.

Thomas Dimitroff, a former league executive who worked for both Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots, believes the Jets had the best selections in the 2021 NFL Draft.

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Thomas Dimitroff was the latest guest to appear on The Rich Eisen Show today. He spoke about Zach Wilson and the New York Jets while adding that they might be a future superpower in the league.

He said, “I think Joe Douglas jets and, you know, Saleh, Robert Saleh, they did a hell of a job again, picking Zach Wilson, you know, to be the guy to start tearing that organization. And then you know that, like I said, with that kind of a draft, and then and you trade aggressively and I’m all about aggressive trading in this league man.”

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Apr 29, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Zack Wilson (BYU) poses with a jersey after being selected by the New York Jets as the number two overall pick in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft at First Energy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

“It has changed. A lot of people used to sit back and you have a lot different group of general managers I feel who know the urgency of not for long, them moving up to 14 to get Alijah Vera-Tucker, to me was a really good, really good pick for them to come away in a draft to have a quarterback and a protector. It’s somewhat similar,” Dimitroff said on the show.

 

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