3. Hamilcar Rashed Jr., DE, NY Jets
As every Jets fan knows, rushing the passer has not been the team’s strong suit for over a decade. After all, this past season, only Quinnen Williams posted more than 3.5 sacks. Luckily, reinforcements have begun to trickle in.
The biggest offseason addition for the Jets came with former Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Carl Lawson, who is among the best in the league at creating pressure.
Additionally, the Jets brought in veteran Vinny Curry who has over 32.5 sacks and 92 career quarterback hits in nine years in the league.
Nevertheless, the Jets need more pass rushers. It's a position that a team can never have too much talent at. And for New York, Hamilcar Rashed Jr. might be a diamond in the rough.
As the team transitions to a 4-3 defensive scheme under Saleh, the Jets need players who fit it. Rashed is a 6-foot-2, 251-pound defensive end who has the athleticism to play either a stand-up or hand-in-the-dirt role.
However, his knack for getting after the passer is why he has a shot to make the team.
Rashed is coming off of an injury-plagued 2020 campaign where he did not have a single sack. But he has shown he can produce at an elite level. In 2019, Rashed had 14.0 sacks to go with 62 total tackles (22.5 for a loss) and two forced fumbles.
The Jets don't need Rashed to start right out of the gate. But with the deep rotation Saleh employs on the defensive front, he can receive an opportunity to make an impact early on as a rookie.