With a new coaching staff coming in it was crucial for the Jets to find some impact players that fit their schemes so that they don’t waste the earlier years of franchise quarterback Sam Darnold. New York wanted to move down to accumulate picks that they lost when they moved up to get Darnold. Unable to do that the Jets didn’t reach for a player and instead got good value in Quinnen Williams. But you have to wonder if the Jets missed out on not adding any weapons for Darnold to throw the ball to. Regardless our New York jets 2019 NFL Draft Review takes a look at each of their picks.
1st Round, Pick #3: Quinnen Williams DT Alabama
With all the rumors of the Jets loving Ed Oliver they ended up passing on him to take the best defensive tackle in this class and arguably the best player in the draft. Williams is a perfect fit for the Jets and their defense. Regardless of whether they play a 3-4 or 4-3 he’ll line up shading the guard and give them a dominant presence inside next to another form top 10 defensive tackle in Leonard Williams.
3rd Round, Pick #68: Jachai Polite DE Florida
At one point there was enough buzz surrounding Jachai Polite that draft analysts were talking about Polite as a top 10 pick. Polite was able to show on the field that he could take over games with explosive speed and power. But the reason he fell to the third round was concerns about his attitude which caused questionable Combine interviews and likely the reason he barely started games at Florida. If the Jets can get Polite’s head straight they get a Pro Bowl caliber pass rusher. If not, he could be finding himself bouncing around from team to team.
3rd Round, Pick #92: Chuma Edoga OT USC
After getting their franchise quarterback in Sam Darnold the Jets need to protect him and went back to a player whose got experience doing so. A two year starter at right tackle Edoga has the length and movement skills of a tackle, but at 6’4 he lacks the desired height. But the Jets do have another starting tackle in Kelvin Beachum who is also shorter. Edoga will get a shot at right tackle which is their biggest need, but could also slide to right guard which is also a need.
4th Round, Pick #121: Trevon Wesco TE West Virginia
Wesco gives the Jets some flexibility to their offense as Wesco is able to be moved around as an inline tight end, H-back and even some as a fullback to take advantage of his blocking skills. While Wesco is more of a blocker he has a knack for making plays in the run game and can be a safety value for Darnold and a compliment to Chris Herndon.
5th Round, Pick #157: Blake Cashman LB Minnesota
As the Jets transition away from Todd Bowles defense to Gregg Williams means they will have different style of linebackers. With CJ Mosley and Darron Lee entrenched in starting roles Cashman will have to battle veterans Avery Williamson and Jordan Jenkins for playing time. Cashman shows range from sideline to sideline which should help his cause along with finding a role on the coverage units.
6th Round, Pick #196: Blessuan Austin CB Rutgers
Austin is what late round picks should be as high upside picks that have the potential to be quality members of the team. When healthy Austin showed good ball skills and someone who could play in zone or short area man to man coverage. However he’s had two season ending injuries in back to back years and just needs more time to get back to 100%. If he’s able to, you could see him having a role as a backup corner.
Overall Grade: B
Best Pick: Quinnen Williams
Biggest Value: Blake Cashman