New York Jets early 2021 mock draft: Getting a top corner early

2021 NFL Draft prospect Patrick Surtain II #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
2021 NFL Draft prospect Patrick Surtain II #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) /
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Patrick Surtain II, 2021 NFL Draft
TUSCALOOSA, ALABAMA – SEPTEMBER 07: Patrick Surtain II #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide intercepts this reception intended for Tony Nicholson #13 of the New Mexico State Aggies in the first half at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 07, 2019 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) /

The New York Jets address key positions in this early 2021 mock draft, starting with corner in round one.

The 2020 NFL Draft worked out pretty well for the New York Jets. The biggest concern heading into the offseason was making sure that New York maximized the talent around quarterback Sam Darnold for the 2020 season to see if he’s truly the answer as a signal-caller. Back in April, the first two rounds couldn’t have gone better.

At the 11th overall pick, the Jets landed one of the top four at the tackle position in Mekhi Becton. Becton had an excellent draft process, from posting elite numbers at the combine to looking more technical in drills. He has raw power and moves so well for his size. It’s likely he starts at left tackle to start the 2020 season.

In the second round, New York got some good value. In a deep wide receiver class, it was important for the Jets to find one that could contribute immediately. Enter Denzel Mims, who was another darling of the combine after he ran a sub-4.4 in the 40-yard dash. His massive catch radius and ability to stack defenders to win vertically will help out Darnold quite a bit.

Free agency was kind to the Jets as well. While George Fant isn’t a great signing, it gives them depth along the offensive line. Wide receiver Breshad Perriman has been a late bloomer and could help ignite the passing game.

It’s a good start, but the rebuild likely won’t be finished until the 2021 season begins. That means another offseason of true importance for Joe Douglas and company. Let’s look at an early 2021 mock draft for the New York Jets.