On the final day of the NFL Draft, the Jets select explosive running back Michael Carter.
The Jets added to their offense with their first selection on Saturday, drafting North Carolina running back Michael Carter in the fourth round of the 2021 NFL Draft with the 107th overall pick.
Carter is just 5’8″ and 202 pounds, but he had a monster 2020 season. He gained 1,245 yards and nine touchdowns on the ground and added 25 catches for 267 yards and two more touchdowns on the ground. He split time at North Carolina with Javonte Williams, who was drafted by the Broncos in the second round.
Carter’s parents have served in the Air Force, and he is regarded as a player of exceptional character.
Joe Douglas, the Jets’ general manager, has prioritized offense in this draft, selecting four offensive players in his first four selections. The Jets have used their first four picks on offense for the first time since 1983. With the No. 2-overall selection, the Jets selected quarterback Zach Wilson and have since added a guard (Alijah Vera-Tucker in the first round), a wide receiver (Elijah Moore in the second round), and a running back in Carter.
Douglas has been tasked with assisting the Jets in developing explosive plays. That is precisely what Carter accomplished at North Carolina. In 2020, he had 23 plays of 20 yards or more. He is explosive and also has the ability to return kicks.
Carter joins La’Mical Perine, Tevin Coleman, Ty Johnson, and Josh Adams in a running back bed.