Jets Select 2 Players Named Michael Carter in 2021 NFL Draft; Attended UNC, Duke

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistMay 1, 2021

North Carolina running back Michael Carter (8) runs against North Carolina State during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Chapel Hill, N.C., Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
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The New York Jets selected Michael Carter on Day 3 of the 2021 NFL draft...twice.

After taking North Carolina running back Michael Carter in Round 4 on Saturday, the team picked Duke safety Michael Carter II in Round 5 later in the day. 

New York Jets @nyjets

For the first time in NFL history, a team has selected two players with the same first and last name in the same draft. (We don't actually know if this is true, but we're busy and just going with it.) https://t.co/TzdMpbohTl

The players quickly had fun with it on Twitter:

Michael Carter II @mcarter2nd

What’s good!! 🤣 https://t.co/SbBYrBGgCU

Having the same name is strange enough, but the fact that the two played at ACC rivals just a handful of miles apart down Tobacco Road makes this a truly bizarre situation.

Let's just hope it was an intentional strategy by the Jets and not just an area scout saying they really liked Michael Carter before forgetting which one. Maybe they weren't paying much attention in the draft room and just named someone already picked, like that one friend in the fantasy football live draft does every year.

Either way, the coaching staff might have to create some nicknames to avoid confusion once training camp comes around.


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