New York Jets: The Ramifications of Leonard Williams

By Alan Schechter

Let’s talk a bit more about the draft choice by the Jets.

Leonard Williams fell to the New York Jets when nobody expected him to, including general manager Mike Maccagnan. Many of the experts listed Williams as the best defensive player in the draft. Williams was listed as the second or third choice in many of the mock drafts. Maccagnan said he was at the top of the Jets board, so when he ended up available, the Jets chose him.

Leonard Williams makes the Jets defensive line deep, and versatile. Williams has experience playing both inside and outside, as does Muhammad Wilkerson and Sheldon Richardson. With Damon Harrison clogging up the middle, and a guy like Leger Douzable behind them, the Jets have a stronger group upfront than they did prior to the draft.

Some have likened Leonard Williams to a young Richard Seymour, and we know the type of career that Seymour had.

The “Sons of Anarchy” have a new friend, and one that can ball.

The question now becomes, however, what does this mean to Muhammad Wilkerson? We know that Wilkerson has been missing from workouts, albeit voluntary ones. With Williams’ versatility, could the Jets be planning for live without Muhammad Wilkerson?

Obviously, it’s hard to make that determination at this point. I have seen opinions tonight that there is no way that Leonard Williams and Muhammad Wilkerson take the field for the Jets together. I would tend to disagree. It’s not impossible. There is no way the Jets have written off playing with Wilkerson entirely. If I were Wilkerson, I would be careful with my demands, because the Jets COULD go without Wilkerson.

Leonard Williams adds a lot of depth, and he makes things interesting, that’s for sure.

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