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Jets draft picks 2021: When does New York pick? Full list of NFL Draft selections



Zach Wilson mock draft: Broncos, 49ers, Falcons among best 2021 NFL Draft fits for BYU QB

The Jets may have lost the battle for the No. 1 pick to the Jaguars, but they still have a lot of buying power in the 2021 NFL Draft. They’re one of three teams with multiple first-round picks along with the Jaguars and Dolphins, and it seems like they’re focusing on finding a quarterback to take with the No. 2 overall selection.

Right now, it seems like BYU’s Zach Wilson is leading the charge for that spot, but anything could happen in the lead up to the 2021 NFL Draft, especially in a group flush with good passers including Justin Fields, Trey Lance, and Mac Jones.

Quarterback won’t be the only need the Jets focus on this offseason. They need to rebuild their once-strong defense and plug a couple of glaring holes on offense. That said, if they get their franchise quarterback, they should be positioned to improve rapidly on that side of the ball if all goes well thanks to their solid offensive line and receiving corps.

Here’s a look at the Jets’ picks in the 2021 NFL Draft:

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Jets draft picks 2021: When does New York pick?

  • Round 1, Pick No. 2 
  • Round 1, Pick No. 23
  • Round 2, Pick No. 34 
  • Round 3, Pick No. 66
  • Round 3, Pick No. 86
  • Round 4, Pick No. 107
  • Round 5, Pick No. 146
  • Round 5, Pick No. 154
  • Round 6, Pick No. 186

Jets 2021 NFL Draft order

Round Pick
1 2
1 23 (from Seahawks)
2 2
3 2
3 23 (from Seahawks)
4 2
5 2
5 10 (from Giants)
6 2

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Jets NFL Draft needs

  • Quarterback: Sam Darnold struggled immensely last year and has averaged 13 interceptions per year to start his NFL career. Zach Wilson is a replacement for the Jets to consider with the No. 2 pick.
  • Cornerback: The Jets need a true No. 1 corner for their defense. They could target one early in the draft.
  • Running back: Will the Jets trust La’Mical Perine as the starter in 2021? Maybe, but adding some talent to pair with him and Tevin Coleman would be a wise move.
  • Edge rusher: The Jets did well to add Carl Lawson to their lackluster edge rush unit this offseason. They could still use a running mate for him after losing Jordan Jenkins in free agency.
  • Tight end: Chris Herndon is running out of time to live up to his potential. It’s time the Jets consider adding some true competition for him and veterans Ryan Griffin and Tyler Kroft.

New York Jets mock draft 2021

Here are the latest 2021 NFL Draft projections for the Jets, according to Vinnie Iyer’s seven-round mock draft:

Round Pick Team Position College
1 2 Zach Wilson QB BYU
1 23 Jaycee Horn CB South Carolina
2 2 Zaven Collins LB Tulsa
3 2 Eric Stokes CB Georgia
3 23 Kenneth Gainwell RB Memphis
4 2 Jaylen Twyman DT Pittsburgh
5 2 Jordan Smith EDGE UAB
5 10 Miller Forristall TE Alabama
6 2 Daelin Hayes EDGE Notre Dame

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Twitter reacts to Russell Westbrook’s NBA-record 182nd career triple-double



Twitter reacts to Russell Westbrook's NBA-record 182nd career triple-double

Russell Westbrook made history Monday night, notching his 182nd career triple-double — and moving past Oscar Robertson for the all-time NBA record.

Robertson’s record lasted 47 years, from 1974 through Monday night when a fourth-quarter rebound in front of a reduced-capacity crowd in Atlanta gave Westbrook sole possession of the record. It took him 12 years to surpass Robertson’s record after he achieved his first triple-double (17 points, 10 assists, 10 rebounds) in 2009 as a rookie with the Thunder.

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Monday’s triple-double was Westbrook’s 36th of the year. That insane output is helping him average, for the fourth time in his career, a triple-double over the course of the season. The previous such campaigns came in 2016-17 through 2018-19.

Westbrook finished with 28 points, 21 assists and 13 rebounds in the Wizards’ 125-124 loss to the Hawks; the loss dropped Washington to 32-37 on the season, but the team still ranks 10th in the Eastern Conference standings. The Wizards’ playoff hopes pale in comparison to the history Westbrook made, however.

He even made sure to get the game ball from officials so he could be certain to commemorate the historic achievement.

Here are some of the best reactions to Westbrook’s history-making feat:

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Kenny Mayne’s ESPN cover letter was perfect precursor to his incredible career



Kenny Mayne's ESPN cover letter was perfect precursor to his incredible career

ESPN’s Kenny Mayne, one of the most recognizable talents in sports broadcasting, is leaving the network, he announced on Monday.

The 27-year ESPN anchor broke the news on Twitter, describing his exit from the worldwide leader in sports as a “salary cap casualty.” Naturally, he could only include some of the dry humor that helped him become a beloved presence in the studio and on millions of sports fans’ TVs.

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The longtime “SportsCenter” host’s final day will be on May 24, bringing to an end a 27-year stint at ESPN that began in 1994. His absence will undoubtedly be noted among fans who appreciated his humor and presence in ESPN’s studios — but his Monday announcement is as good a reason as any to remember the incredible cover letter that first landed him the gig in 1994.

Mayne sent a short and sweet cover letter to ESPN’s John Walsh in 1994, offering him three checkboxes in the former’s bid to land a job with ESPN:

Unsurprisingly, Mayne made Walsh smile. Walsh wouldn’t be the last person to smile at Mayne’s humor and creativity.

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Jaylen Brown injury update: Celtics star out for rest of season with torn wrist ligament



Jaylen Brown injury update: Celtics star out for rest of season with torn wrist ligament

The Celtics will have to fight for a playoff spot without one of their most important players.

Boston announced Monday night that All-Star forward Jaylen Brown has suffered a torn scapholunate ligament in his left wrist and will miss the rest of the 2020-21 season. He is expected to undergo surgery later this week.

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The Celtics offered no specific timetable for Brown’s return to the court, but as The Athletic’s Jared Weiss noted, Boston guard Romeo Langford suffered the same injury last year and took about six months to recover. If Brown stays roughly on that timeline, he should be available to rejoin the lineup for the start of the 2021-22 campaign.

Brown dealt with injury and COVID-19 issues throughout the season, but the 24-year-old still managed to earn his first All-Star selection with some of the best individual numbers of his career. He averaged a career-high 24.7 points per game while shooting 48.4 percent from the field and 39.7 percent from 3-point range.

Without Brown available, Boston will rely heavily on Jayson Tatum and Kemba Walker to produce offensively. The Celtics will also need more from trade deadline acquisition Evan Fournier, who most recently scored 30 points in a loss to the Heat on Sunday — his highest scoring output since joining the team.

Even if other players step up in Brown’s absence, the Celtics, currently the No. 7 seed in the Eastern Conference standings, are unlikely to make a deep run in the 2021 NBA playoffs. They would face an uphill battle in a potential first-round series against the 76ers, Nets or Bucks, the top three seeds in the Eastern Conference.

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