The New York Jets moved into their fifth qualifying round in the 2021 NFL Draft, going by a familiar name: Michael Carter II, a quick defender from Duke.Overall, this 156th pick was paid. Last time from New York Giants to Jets for DL Leonard Williams trading from Green & White to Big Blue in October 2019.
And the qualifiers came just 47 after the Jets drafted Michael Carter, who ran back from North Carolina with the second pick of Round 4.
Michael Carter II (5-10,184) is a three-year starter for the Blue Devils, playing slots and outer corners and deep safety. Last season as captain, he recorded 41tackles, 3.0 tackles for losses, 10 defenses and two interceptions and was named the third All-ACC.
For his career, Carter has played 46 games (36 appearances) and has 135 tackles, 7.5 TFLs, 1.5 sacks, 28 PDs and four interceptions.
He also used his 4.32 speed (unofficial equal speed, with Elijah Moore picking the second round on his pro day) to play in all four of his Duke’s special teams.
Outside the field, Carter shows off his chop in the classroom. He was selected to the Academic All-ACC in 2018, ’19 and ’20 and this year he is a semi-finalist for the prestigious William V.Campbell Trophy honored by the National Football Foundation & College. Hall of Fame honors some of the country’s top football players for their academic achievements, football results and leadership.He is also a semi-finalist for the Jason Witten Collegiate Man of the Year Award.
Carter’s father, Michael, played college baseball at the University of New Orleans in the early nineties.
Carter is the sixth Duke player drafted by the all-time Jets, the only Blue Devils drafted to ever play for the Jets, the first QB Al Woodall, who was led in the second round, 52 overall in the 1969 draft. Support and complement to Joe Namath by playing 31 games (19 starts).