Jets add explosive RB Michael Carter on final day of NFL Draft

The Jets continued to add to their offense with their first pick on Saturday, selecting North Carolina running back Michael Carter in the fourth round with the 107th-overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.

Carter is only 5-foot-8 and 202 pounds but he had a monster season in 2020. He rushed for 1,245 yards and nine touchdowns and had 25 receptions for 267 yards and two more touchdowns. He shared the workload at North Carolina with Javonte Williams, who was drafted in the second round by the Broncos.

Carter’s parents both served in the Air Force and he is known as a high-character player.

Jets general manager Joe Douglas has focused on offense in this draft, using his first four picks on that side of the ball. It is the first time since 1983 the Jets have used their first four picks on offense. The Jets took quarterback Zach Wilson with the No. 2-overall pick and now have given him a guard (Alijah Vera-Tucker in the first round), a wide receiver (Elijah Moore in the second) and a running back in Carter.

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Douglas has been focused on helping the Jets create explosive plays. That is what Carter did at North Carolina. He had 23 plays of 20 yards or more in 2020. He is explosive and can also return kicks.

Carter joins a running back room with La’Mical Perine, Tevin Coleman, Ty Johnson and Josh Adams.

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