Why these suggestions aren't logical for the NY Jets
The Jets are already six-deep at defensive end, and that's before they drafted Micheal Clemons in the fourth round. Carl Lawson, John Franklin-Myers, Jermaine Johnson, Jacob Martin, Bryce Huff, and Vinny Curry would all be regular rotation players on any NFL roster. Four of those guys would be starters on many rosters.
To suggest that the Jets should've drafted an edge rusher is to suggest the Jets draft a player who would hardly see the field. Let's say the Jets drafted someone like Boye Mafe. Where does he play?
Surely he doesn't see playing time over Lawson, Franklin-Myers, or Johnson. The Jets signed Martin to a sizable contract this offseason, and he's probably a better play at this stage of his career than Mafe is. You could even argue that Huff is as well.
So you'd be drafting your fifth or sixth edge rusher. You'd be spending a high second-round pick on a player who would, if he's lucky, play 25 percent of snaps this season. That's looking at it optimistically.
What does his future hold either? Franklin-Myers was just extended. Lawson still has two years left on his contract (although with an out in 2023). You just drafted Johnson in the first round. Where's the logic in drafting another edge rusher?
So how about a wide receiver? Alabama's John Metchie was suggested, would he have been a reasonable target for the Jets?
Once again, the Jets are already four-deep at wide receiver. Metchie isn't playing over Garrett Wilson, Elijah Moore, or Corey Davis, and he might struggle to earn snaps over Braxton Berrios.
Not to mention, Metchie is coming off a torn ACL and will likely miss the start of the season. A similar sentiment could be shared about Michigan's David Ojabo who was also suggested as a target.
The Jets don't have the luxury of waiting 2-3 years for production. They can't even wait 2-3 months. This is a team that's won six games in two years. They're trying to set their young quarterback up for success.
To do so, they need instant-impact contributors. Breece Hall is exactly that. Ojabo, Metchie, or any of the other suggestions would not make the same impact that Hall would. It's really as simple as that.
The Jets addressed their core needs in the first round. They targeted important positions of need in cornerback, wide receiver, and edge rusher. Using the equivalent of a second-round pick to draft the near-consensus top running back isn't a "bad process."
It wasn't a bad process when the Colts did it. It wasn't a bad process when the Browns did. Nor the Bengals or the Vikings.
If Breece Hall develops into the star the Jets believe he will be, then they made the right decision.
The process was wise and logical. Only time will tell if the ends justify the means.