The New York Jets had one of the most interesting moments in the 2021 draft NFL and selected two players named Michael Carter – both on day three. New York’s first pick was North Carolina, who ran back Michael Carter in the fourth round, then Duke defensive back Michael Carter II in the fifth round.
When New York chose Carter – the career – a grhic who came up on TV profiling the player as the defensive back. Jets head coach Robert Saleh had to make sure they handed in the right draw card.
When we took Michael Carter to run back, ESPN threw Michael Carter II on the screen, and we were like, “Whoa, whoa, whoa, wait a minute,” checking the notes and making sure we made the right choice, Saleh said at a conference call to reporters after the draft. “But lucky for us, Michael [Carter] II ended up falling for us and we were able to scoop him up. So as I said, we are happy to have them both. “
When the other Michael Carter was elected, the North Carolina race back had a fun way of greeting him. At least they had fun at each other’s expense.
The Jets did, too, when they first realized they were choosing the right Michael Carter in the first place.
“Yes, it was the hope of getting the MC squared,” said Jets general manager Joe Douglas. “Going into the day we tried to corner the market on Alijah / Elijahs and Michael Carters.”
The Jets drafted Alijah Vera-Tucker in Round 1 and Elijah Moore in Round 2 – in addition to Michael Carters. The name game will likely be played a few times at the Jets rookie minicamp in a few weeks.