Many projections have the New York Jets landing Kentucky’s Josh Allen at the No. 3 overall pick in the 2019 NFL draft, and with good reason. But if the Jets don’t land their impact edge rusher in the first round, here’s a trio of talented prospects they could land in the middle rounds.
Oshane Ximines, Old Dominion
A versatile defender who can fit any alignment, Ximines was highly productive throughout his career for the Monarchs. He racked up 33 sacks, 51.5 tackles for loss and 11 forced fumbles over his four seasons, taking up permanent residence in opposing backfields. His lack of elite athleticism and questions about his level of competition could keep him on the board until the early part of Day 3, where a team like the Jets could pounce.
Maxx Crosby, Eastern Michigan
One of the biggest winners at this year’s NFL Scouting Combine, Crosby turned heads by finishing among the top players at his position in multiple events. This 6-5, 255-pounder has the ideal frame and skill set for an edge defender in today’s NFL, and he’s barely scratched the surface of his potential. If he’s still on the board when the Jets make either of their two selections in the third round, he’d be a wise investment with limitless upside.
Christian Miller, Alabama
It’s rare for talented pass rushers coming out of Tuscaloosa to still be on the board in the middle rounds, but Miller’s injury history could give teams pause earlier in this year’s draft. That said, Miller has proven he can be a productive and effective rusher when healthy, as his polished technique, intelligence and instincts allow him to constantly make plays in the backfield. If he can avoid injuries at the next level, the Jets could get a huge steal in the third round.