With their first pick of the 4th round, the Jets selected UNC running back, Michael Carter.
My favorite description of Michael Carter came from a YouTube comment under his highlight video: “he runs like he’s skiing.” Carter is a dangerous slasher who has terrific stop and start quickness to shake tacklers in the open field and take their ankles. He can off break big, chunk, runs. Explosiveness, what a concept!
At UNC, Carter formed a deadly backfield duo with 2nd round pick Javonte Williams. He’s ran for over 1,000 yards in each of the last two seasons, including 1,245 yards at a whopping 8.0 YPC last year. Like his teammate, many expected Carter to be selected sometime on Day 2, but his positional value and perhaps being overshadowed by his more touted teammate led to Carter slipping to Day 3. The Jets pounced. Carter is a little bit on the older side (he’ll turn 22 in a few days), but there’s no doubt he can at least contribute as part of a quality running back rotation.
Last year, Jets RBs forced only 12 missed tackles, tied for least in the league. They desperately needed a back with some nitro, and they got it. Carter probably walks into camp as the most talented back the Jets have, and he should claim a significant role in the offense almost immediately (likely splitting carries with Tevin Coleman). He’s significantly more talented than LaMichal Perine, who the Jets also took in the 4th round last year.
The selection of Carter also continues the welcome theme of the Jets insulating new QB Zach Wilson with as much premium offensive talent as they can. They have now selected an offensive player with all four of their draft picks and almost all of them could’ve arguably gone higher than where they were picked.
The Jets may finally be joining the 21st century in trying to build an explosive offense. At the very least, the Jets offense will at least be fun to watch for the first time in a very long time.
The Jets will select again at the 143rd pick.