NY Jets: 5 players who could make their first Pro Bowl in 2021

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1. Quinnen Williams, DT, NY Jets

After a somewhat underwhelming rookie campaign, Quinnen Williams returned in 2020 and looked every part of the game-changing defensive lineman the Jets thought they had added when they drafted him third overall in the 2019 NFL Draft.

Williams was a nonfactor for much of his rookie season finishing with just 2.5 sacks, 28 tackles, four tackles for loss, and six QB hits in 13 games.

However, in 2020, Williams managed to more than double every one of those stats finishing with seven sacks, 55 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, and 14 QB hits in the same number of games.

It wasn't just stat-sheet production either. Williams finished top-five in both pass-rush win rate and run-stop win rate and was one of only seven interior defensive linemen to receive a PFF pass-rush and run-stop grade north of 77.5.

Williams was a force in 2020, and that was despite playing alongside a weak crop of edge rushers and at a position that didn't maximize his talents.

But with Robert Saleh in 2021, Quinnen Williams is ready to be unleashed.

He'll be joined by the aforementioned Carl Lawson and be asked to play more of a three-technique role on the defensive line. The results could be scary for opposing offensive linemen.

Williams already has the high-profile pedigree of being a former top-three pick. His path to the Pro Bowl should be relatively straightforward as long as he produces in 2021.

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If you're betting on one Jets player to make their first Pro Bowl this season, your money should be on Quinnen Williams.