Heading into the 2018 NFL Draft, the New York Jets need help bad when it comes to their overall pass rush. Selecting defensive end Bradley Chubb with the No. 6 overall pick would address that need and then some.
When it comes to the New York Jets, they have a lot of areas to address this offseason. From quarterback, offensive line, adding more playmakers, and bolstering their overall pass rush, the Jets have a lot of money and a full draft class in their arsenal. They hope they can get out of this offseason looking line winners but that all depends on what happens first in free agency.
If the Jets get lucky and land a top free agent quarterback like Kirk Cousins or even Case Keenum, that would undoubtedly give them more flexibility to use the No. 6 overall pick to address their lack of a consistent pass rush.
With the expected release of defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson, Leonard Williams will need a new partner in crime to step up his game and return to form. Last season, Williams was dealing with a nagging wrist injury which hindered his ability to pressure and sack opposing quarterbacks all year long.
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It also didn’t help that Williams was often times double-teamed by opposing offensive linemen to limit his ability to even get to the quarterback. Last year, Williams only totaled two sacks which added to the Jets defense only having 28 total sacks for the entire season.
If he’s still available when the Jets are on the clock with the No. 6 overall pick, selecting defensive end Bradley Chubb out of North Carolina State would immediately address this serious need of the franchise. He’s considered the best defensive end in this year’s draft class and rightfully so.
In four years at North Carolina State, Chubb totaled 198 tackles, 25 sacks, and six forced fumbles. He’s a natural born defensive playmaker and since Williams will be heading into his fourth year with the Jets, imagine the damage these two combined can add on defense?
In the grand scheme of things, if the Jets can finally address their quarterback situation via free agency, drafting Chubb if he’s still available is a no-brainer. He’s everything they could ask for and then some as an elite pass rusher that would be a household name on defense for years to come. Not only would it help the Jets defensive line be a strength again but would ultimately give Williams an upgraded teammate on the opposite side to help him return to form.