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NY Jets: Re-drafting the team's 2015 NFL Draft class

NY Jets, Leonard Williams
NY Jets, Leonard Williams / Don Juan Moore/Getty Images
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NY Jets, La'el Collins
NY Jets, La'el Collins / Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

Round 1, Pick 6: La'el Collins, OL, NY Jets

Original pick: Leonard Williams, DE

While Leonard Williams wasn't exactly a bust, it's clear that he wasn't going to reach his full potential with the Jets. In his final season before being traded, Williams didn't tally a single sack while wearing green and white. In return, the Jets received two mid-round draft picks.

La'el Collins, on the other hand, has been nothing but stellar since signing as an undrafted free agent with the Dallas Cowboys. Though his 2020 campaign ended with an injury, the former LSU lineman has shown that he should have been taken in the first round.

As a matter of fact, he would have if NFL teams didn't pass on him following the murder of a pregnant woman that Collins had previously been involved with.

Collins was not a suspect, and was merely set to speak with police — though that did little to convince teams to not avoid him.

In this re-draft, the Jets don't make the same mistake twice. They stick with a lineman, but make the swap from defense to offense.

Round 2, Pick 37: Stefon Diggs, WR, NY Jets

Original Pick: Devin Smith, WR

One of Mike Maccagnan's many weaknesses was drafting in the second round. Granted, he wasn't amazing at drafting in general, but that's beside the point. Devin Smith has yet to total 300 receiving yards in his entire career.

Meanwhile, Stefon Diggs has solidified himself as one of the best receivers in the league, especially after being traded to division rival Buffalo Bills prior to the 2020 season. Diggs helped transform Josh Allen from a boom-or-bust quarterback into an MVP candidate.

Imagine the help he could have provided to Sam Darnold.

Without a doubt, Diggs should have been one of the first players off the board in the 2015 NFL Draft. In this universe, the Jets are lucky enough to snag an elite wideout in the second round.

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