2. Al Woods, DT, NY Jets
It's easy to get overlooked in such a deep and talented Jets' defensive line group, and one player who is definitely flying under the radar is veteran defensive tackle Al Woods.
Signed to a one-year deal this offseason, Woods was brought in to improve a Jets' run defense that struggled at times when Quinnen Williams was off the field last season. The hope is that Woods will change that.
The 13-year NFL veteran is one of the better interior run defenders in the NFL. His 80.3 Pro Football Focus run-defense grade ranked fourth among all interior defensive linemen in 2021.
Woods is never going to be the flashiest player on the Jets' defensive line, but he will provide value in a place the team was lacking last year. He was one of the most underrated signings the Jets made this offseason.
1. Tony Adams, S, NY Jets
If you were to show your average NFL fan a list of the Jets' projected defensive starters, they'd probably be familiar with most of them. The exception would likely be Tony Adams.
An undrafted free agent in 2022, Adams was a surprise member of the team's 53-man roster as a rookie, only to solidify himself as a starting safety in less than a year's time. His ascent has been remarkable to watch.
Adams is starting to receive a little recognition around the league, but he still enters the 2023 season with just one career start under his belt. He's already making a case to be the best safety on the roster, however.
If Adams takes the step the Jets believe he will this season, he might not be a hidden gem for much longer.