3. Quinnen Williams, DT, NY Jets
Quinnen Williams came to the NFL with plenty of expectations on his shoulders, and while it took the young Alabama standout a while to get accustomed to the NFL, he has now started to take the massive leap that everyone expected.
In 2022, Williams had career bests across the board, with 55 tackles, 12 sacks, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, and five passes deflected, earning him a Pro Bowl and All-Pro nod, a well-deserved accolade for the anchor of this defense.
Now, the offense has seemingly caught up to the defense, making Williams' role even more important in 2023, and if he can be just as good, we should see more accolades, as well as the breaking of the Jets' lengthy playoff drought.
2. Aaron Rodgers, QB, NY Jets
After all the talk centering around the Jets' incredible 2022 draft class, all the talk this offseason has swung to perhaps the biggest acquisition in franchise history, as the team has landed four-time MVP and former Super Bowl-winning quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
While Rodgers had a down season a year ago due to injuries and a lack of weapons, he was still able to throw for 3,695 yards with 26 touchdowns to just 12 interceptions, and if the Jets get that type of productivity, they'll be able to compete in a very tough AFC East.
With some big-time weapons around him, we've seen what Rodgers can do before, and with a top-five defense, something he's never had in his NFL career, this will create even more chances for No. 8 and this offense, meaning there is no reason why Rodgers can't make his 11th Pro Bowl in 2023.
1. Sauce Gardner, CB, NY Jets
Sauce Gardner was selected by the Jets with the No. 4 overall pick back in the 2022 NFL Draft, and while many people expected him to make an impact immediately, very few people envisioned him becoming one of, if not the best cornerback in the entire NFL in just his rookie campaign.
That's exactly what happened, however, as Gardner was named to the Pro Bowl, Defensive Rookie of the Year, and first-team All-Pro, and with just as much talent around him in 2023, there's no reason why he can't replicate that success this season.
Gardner has length, instinct, great ball skills, and the confidence to back it all up, and with the lights never being brighter in New York, this is his time to step up and cement himself as an all-time great of the future.