4 biggest losers following the NY Jets 2023 NFL Draft
By Justin Fried
1. Bryce Huff, DE, NY Jets
There is no bigger loser from draft weekend on the Jets' roster than Bryce Huff. Huff was legitimately one of the most efficient pass rushers in the NFL last season.
The former undrafted free agent finished first among all edge defenders in the NFL with a 28 percent pass-rush win rate, while his 20.8 percent pressure rate also ranked first in the league.
Yes, that's ahead of the likes of Myles Garrett, Nick Bosa, Micah Parsons, T.J. Watt, etc. On a per-snap basis, Huff was more efficient at getting to the quarterback than any of those players last season.
The Jets seemed to value Huff as well when they placed a second-round restricted free agent tender on Huff to keep him in New York. That's a sizable investment into player who only 20 percent of the team's defensive snaps last season.
Unfortunately for Huff, it seems unlikely that his playing time increases. If anything it might decrease.
The Jets drafted Iowa State's Will McDonald in the first round of this year's draft, adding to an already stacked defensive end group. The safe bet is on the undersized McDonald essentially taking Huff's role in the rotation.
The Jets are highly unlikely to dress six defensive ends on game days. That means, assuming full health, Huff is probably the odd man out. Carl Lawson, John Franklin-Myers, Jermaine Johnson, and McDonald are likely safe. Micheal Clemons offers more versatility and can play on early downs.
McDonald and Huff basically occupy the same role as rotational pass rushers who almost exclusively play on passing downs.
Despite Huff's brilliance last season, it doesn't appear as though the Jets are prepared to reward him with more playing time. As it stands right now, I'd expect him to be a healthy scratch (as he was early last year) with a fully healthy roster.