With the 2018 NFL Draft on the horizon, the New York Jets have still been busy bringing in defensive linemen to see if they can help bolster their overall pass rush. Looks like they’ll address that area via free agency.
Even with the 2018 NFL Draft just days away, the New York Jets are still busy bringing in free agents for visits and workouts. As of late, they’ve put a focus on defensive linemen with hopes of addressing their lack of a pass rush based on the past few years.
Let’s face it, the Jets lack that aggression and consistency from their defensive line as Leonard Williams can’t do it alone. It’s bad enough he continues to get double teamed but adding a partner in crime alongside him should help even things out.
In an article written by Josh Alper of NBC Sports, he confirmed the players the Jets have brought in so far over the past few days. The Jets have had private workouts with defensive linemen Tyrunn Walker, Lavar Edwards, Frostee Rucker, Jaye Howard, Lamarr Houston, Chris Jones, and even Jay Bromley.
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Clearly, it looks like the Jets want to bolster their pass rush through free agency instead of using a pick in this year’s draft. Considering that this year’s draft class that play defensive end or defensive tackle aren’t elite outside of just a few, means the Jets probably want to look elsewhere.
The Jets only have six picks in this year’s draft, which means they have to address several needs on the roster besides their defensive line. Ideally, if they can add a quality veteran defensive lineman or two via free agency, it’ll help them check that off their draft board.
The Jets still have to add better talent and quality depth to their offensive line, linebacker corps, and their defensive secondary. Head coach Todd Bowles loves having a plethora of good defensive backs in his defense as one can never have enough good cornerbacks or safeties to use against the opposition. It’s expected they’ll likely use a late-round draft pick on a defensive back.
Hopefully, one or even two of these defensive linemen that were brought in for visits will end up on the Jets. Out of the group, Walker would be a fine acquisition thanks to everything he brings to the table. So far in his six-year career, Walker has totaled 53 tackles, 4.5 sacks, and two forced fumbles.