The Jets have a chance to change the outlook of their franchise drastically this offseason. They have the second-most cap space in the league with interest from many top free agents, already have a decent young core, and hold the third overall pick in this year’s draft. Not to mention, they just traded for All-Pro Guard Kelechi Osemele from the Raiders for basically nothing. With a ton of top-tier talent in the draft pool, this is their most important draft in years. Here are four ways they can get it right.
1. Nick Bosa, DE Ohio State
There’s a good chance that possibly the best player in this year’s draft falls into the lap of the Jets at number three. If he does, this is a no-brainer. Bosa would fill the Jets biggest defensive hole, pass rushing, and is sure to make an immediate impact. Not only this, but he would take a lot of pressure off of Leonard Williams. That combo would be a scary sight for opposing offenses.
2. Trade Down
Although there are a few guys at the top of the first round who can make immediate impacts, trading down could be the smartest option for the Jets. There are teams fighting for the services of Kyler Murray and Dwayne Haskins and if one of those teams offer the Jets a package that goes above and beyond, they definitely should take it. The Jets have plenty of holes to fill, and receiving multiple picks in a deep draft like this one could be huge. Think of a year like 2006 when the Jets drafted D’Brickashaw Ferguson, Nick Mangold, Eric Smith and Leon Washington. You can’t tell me that wasn’t a huge part in making them perennial contenders. The only two problems that could arise are if teams jump them to draft Murray and Haskins at picks one and two, or if they do trade down and Mike Maccagnan swings and misses.
3. Quinnen Williams, DL Alabama
Similar to Bosa, the best chance of Williams falling to the Jets is if Murray and Haskins go first and second overall, but if they do, the Jets get a transcendent player. Williams bullied offensive linemen in college and had an excellent combine, his combination of size, quickness and athleticism is rare and can be compared to Aaron Donald. Although he doesn’t fill the need of an edge rusher, he has the ability to disrupt offenses at the line and can be a game-changer, which is almost never seen with interior linemen. Fans might groan seeing the Jets draft yet another defensive linemen, but Williams is a generational talent.
4. Josh Allen, EDGE Kentucky
Some may argue that Allen should be the Jets top target in the draft, but I disagree. Yes, he fills their biggest defensive hole and can make an impact, but I think they’re better off signing a pass rusher in free agency. The Jets have expressed great interest in Anthony Barr, one of the fastest linebackers in the NFL, with years of experience at the highest level. With all the cap room they have, why not use it? That being said, if the Jets draft Josh Allen, it is far from a loss. He had a strong combine and is arguably the best pass rusher in this year’s class. If Nick Bosa and Quinnen Williams are off the board and the Jets (for some odd reason) don’t want to trade down, Josh Allen is their best option.