2019 NFL draft: What grade would you give the Jets?
By Luke Easterling
The 2019 NFL draft is in the books. How would you grade the New York Jets’ new additions?
While many expected the Jets to trade down from the No. 3 overall pick, they opted for the stick-and-pick scenario, declining any and all offers to move down. Instead, they chose the player many believed to be the best overall prospect in this year’s class, Alabama defensive lineman Quinnen Williams.
Without a second-round pick (thanks to last year’s trade-up that landed them Sam Darnold), the Jets waited until the third round to make their next selection. Armed with a pair of picks to close out Day 2, the Jets added a dynamic pass rusher in Florida’s Jachai Polite, and a raw but promising offensive tackle in USC’s Chuma Edoga.
Day 3 brought plenty of value for the Jets, as they landed a well-rounded tight end (West Virginia’s Trevon Wesco), a combine star at linebacker (Minnesota’s Blake Cashman), and a high-upside corner (Rutgers’ Blessuan Austin).
While the Jets added some talented prospects with these picks, they left certain areas of need untouched. Some promising free agents who went undrafted were also added to the mix, though, and they could end up pushing for roster spots where the depth chart is lean. There’s a solid core of young talent on this team, and it’s only getting stronger this offseason.