2. Quinnen Williams, DT, NY Jets
- Current Votes Rank: 2nd (2nd in AFC)
Quinnen Williams is one of the most dominant defensive players in the NFL right now. The former third-overall pick has already set new career highs in sacks, tackles for loss, and QB hits with five games to play.
He leads all interior defensive linemen in sacks and ranks top six in pressures, Pro Football Focus pass-rush grade, and pass-rush productivity. You could make the case that he's been the best defensive tackle in football this season.
The Pro Bowl votes reflect that as Williams ranks second in both the NFL and AFC in votes behind Chris Jones of the Kansas City Chiefs. Jones is a superstar, but Williams belongs in that tier this year.
Barring any unexpected injury/dip in play, Williams should be a lock for the Pro Bowl this season. The real test will be if he could be named first-team All-Pro over Jones and Aaron Donald.
1. Sauce Gardner, CB, NY Jets
- Current Votes Rank: 3rd (1st in AFC)
If Quinnen Williams isn't the best player on this Jets' roster, it's because Sauce Gardner is. The fourth overall pick in this year's draft, Gardner has met and exceeded all expectations placed upon him entering the NFL.
Right now, Gardner might just be the best cornerback in the NFL. In fact, from a statistical standpoint, it's hard to argue that he isn't.
Gardner ranks first in the NFL in Pro Football Focus coverage grade, first in catch percentage allowed, and first in total pass breakups among cornerbacks with at least 300 coverage snaps.
While he still ranks third in overall Pro Bowl votes at cornerback, notably behind fellow rookie Tariq Woolen, Gardner leads all AFC cornerbacks in votes. Much like Williams, Gardner should be a lock for the Pro Bowl.