The Jets protection below head coach Todd Bowles was embarrassingly unhealthy final yr, giving up 23 or extra factors within the remaining seven video games of the season en path to being on the decrease rung of virtually each defensive class.
The Soccer Outsiders weighted DVOA had the Jets ranked 28th, and the go rush was notably unhealthy (19th) for a defensive-minded coach. The Jets didn’t have a participant among the many Prime 40 in sacks. They didn’t have anyone within the Prime 20 in QB hits.
However as we noticed with the Colts final yr, and the Bears as nicely, the fitting draft picks mixed with free company can shortly flip round a staff’s fortunes. The Colts hit draft house runs with Darius Leonard (36th in 2018) and Malik Hooker (15th in 2017) and the Bears nailed defensive stars in back-to-back drafts (Roquan Smith at eight in 2018; Eddie Jackson at 112 in 2017). Each made the playoffs in 2018 and completed Prime 5 in weighted DVOA.
If the Jets can duplicate that success on this draft, the playoffs are inside attain in 2019.
There’s a transparent want within the draft and free company for gamers within the entrance seven, and at cornerback, particularly if the Jets transfer on from Morris Claiborne. The one place they’re near set at is security, with Jamal Adams (sixth in 2018) and Marcus Maye (solely performed six video games attributable to damage).
Let’s be actual: The Jets obtained fortunate to get Sam Darnold within the 2018 draft. The Browns and Giants handed on him, and the Jets obtained their franchise QB. Can New York get fortunate once more in 2019?
For starters, the Kyler Murray measurements are an enormous win for the Jets. Murray shall be in excessive demand. When Dwyane Haskins slays the interview course of, and also you couple that along with his dominant season in Columbus, we could possibly be a state of affairs the place if a staff needs a type of QBs, they’re going to must commerce into the Prime 5.
In an ideal world, the Jets will commerce down an accumulate extra picks. Right here’s what they’re now defensively. I’ll have a look at the offensive facet after the Mix:
1st spherical, third – If QBs go 1-2, the Jets should resolve between Nick Bosa – who has been injured twice in 4 years – and Josh Allen, the sting rusher from Kentucky (17 sacks, 21.5 TFL final season). Too near name, but it surely at this early stage I give a slight lean to Allen. A Dante Fowler/Josh Allen offseason within the entrance seven could be a grand slam. Right here’s a reputation I feel you’ll hear about this weekend on the Mix if the Jets are capable of commerce down and choose up a late 2nd spherical choose: Oshane Ximines, an edge rusher from Outdated Dominion. Longtime Jets followers will keep in mind one other small college defender they snagged in Spherical Three in 2012 who panned out fairly nicely: Demario Davis.
third spherical, 68th – If the Jets can’t commerce down, this choose turns into extra essential than the first choose, as a result of these are simpler to hit than this. He’s firmly within the 2nd spherical proper now, however let’s see how Dre’Mont Jones (DT, Ohio State) performs in Indy. Powerful to see him slipping this far. In a great cornerback draft, Amani Oruwariye of Penn State had some buzz as a primary rounder throughout the season, however is extra prone to fall into the late 2nd/third spherical space. One participant I’m overrating might be New Mexico St. LB Terrill Hanks who can play inside or out, and I feel after the Senior Bowl within the Mix, he’ll be firmly on this vary. No have to panic simply but about starter Darron Lee, however after two seasons, he’s been a tad underwhelming at ILB. For some perspective, Deion Jones was taken by Atlanta 32 picks later and he’s already a star.
third spherical, 93rd – If you happen to’re into the taller cornerbacks, Lonnie Johnson (Kentucky) is 6-foot-Three. The Jets will certainly draft one, and maybe two. They may even be energetic on the place in free company, given the ugly ending to Trumaine Johnson’s season. Even when they preserve Claiborne, there’s a necessity within the draft. Jamal Peters of Mississippi State stands out as being a DB who may go on this vary.
4th spherical, 105th – Even when the Jets get an edge rusher on the prime, and in free company, they nonetheless want go rushers. Gregg Williams runs an aggressive protection and is commonly on the prime in blitz proportion. Ben Banogu began at UL-Monroe, transferred to Baylor, and was very efficient off the sting (eight.5 sacks in 2017 and 2018).
fifth spherical, 140th – Jonathan Ledbetter was a highly-touted recruit who took two years to crack a loaded rotation, however was a captain as a senior. There are a slew of defensive ends who shall be 6-foot-Four, 280 on the Mix. Will Ledbetter’s athleticism stand out?
seventh spherical, 217th – The Jets most likely gained’t draft a security in 2019, however if you wish to take a late-round flier on a proficient winner, D’Cota Dixon of Wisconsin is undersized (5-foot-9) however performs larger, and this a man you want within the locker room.