If given the chance the New York Jets would do things quite differently in the 2019 NFL Draft. Here are the details and what the team would do.
Usually, you shouldn’t do any “re-draft” scenarios until three years after, but it was too tempting not to look back at the 2019 NFL Draft.
Back a year ago the New York Jets held the third overall pick after a disappointing 4-12 year. The team wanted to trade back, but a deal didn’t materialize, despite some buzz on draft day.
So instead the Jets selected defensive lineman Quinnen Williams out of Alabama. He became the sixth defensive linemen and the 12th defensive player selected by Gang Green since 2007.
Quinnen played in 13 games and started 9 of them in his rookie campaign. He only registered 2.5 sacks, 28 combined tackles, 15 solos, 13 assisted, and six quarterback hits.
Overall, to put it bluntly, it was an underwhelming season for Q.
Williams blew up for the Crimson Tide in college accumulating 10 sacks, 26 tackles for loss, 91 tackles combined and just made splash plays. Unfortunately, those splash plays came sparingly in 2019 with the Jets.
There’s still plenty of time for Quinnen to change the narrative on his professional career, but right now Jets fans are left with disappointment.
In a recent ESPN column, the staff of NFL nation reporters participated in a 2019 NFL Draft “re-draft” of the first two rounds.
The first two picks in the “re-draft” went chalk: Kyler Murray went No. 1 to the Arizona Cardinals and Nick Bosa went No. 2 to the San Francisco 49ers.
Although when ESPN’s Rich Cimini was up to bat for the New York Jets he decided to change things up:
“Williams has plenty of upside and could rebound from a quiet rookie season, but Allen already has proved he can produce (10.5 sacks) at a premium position. The Jets needed an edge rusher in the worst way, yet they chose to pass on Allen, who grew up 15 miles from their facility in New Jersey. This time, it’s a no-brainer.”
A lot of fans wanted the team to go, Josh Allen, EDGE out of Kentucky. Instead, he fell to the Jacksonville Jaguars who held the seventh overall pick.
Allen had ridiculous production in college (31.5 sacks combined) including a whopping 17 as a senior. He continued that dominance in the NFL playing in all 16 games, but only starting four and finished the season with 10.5 sacks, 22 quarterback hits, and 11 tackles for loss.
Hopefully, Quinnen develops into the player we all think he can be because if not this will end up in the never-ending list of blunders the New York Jets have made throughout NFL draft history.