1. Quinnen Williams, DT, NY Jets
Simply put, Quinnen Williams is the best player on the Jets' roster. When Williams is on the field, the Jets are a better team — a much better team.
The former first-round pick ranks first among interior defensive linemen in sacks, second in QB hits, third in Pro Football Focus pass-rush grade, and fourth in total pressures. He's a top-three defensive tackle in the NFL right now. It's hard to dispute that.
Williams has finally broken out into the player the Jets hoped he could be when they drafted him third overall back in 2019. He's no longer a very good/great player. He's among the elite players at his position.
If Williams were to miss time with an injury, the Jets wouldn't really have any way to replace him. Sheldon Rankins is having a solid season, but he's no Quinnen Williams. The likes of Solomon Thomas and Nathan Shepherd won't come close to matching Williams' pass-rush production.
He's irreplaceable, which makes sense for a guy who's one of the best defensive linemen in the NFL. Those players don't grow on trees. For every Aaron Donald, there are roughly 50 Nathan Shepherds.
There isn't another Quinnen Williams on the Jets' roster and the drop-off to his replacements would be significant. He's a player the Jets can't afford to lose under any circumstances.