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

NY Jets, Leonard Williams
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NY Jets, Danielle Hunter
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Round 3, Pick 82: Danielle Hunter, DE, NY Jets

Original Pick: Lorenzo Mauldin, OLB

What a steal this would have been for the Jets. Lorenzo Mauldin never formed into a steal of any form and is currently playing in the Canadian Football League. His rookie season was by far his best, tallying four sacks — but the totaled just 6.5 in his entire career.

Danielle Hunter, on the other hand, is an absolute game-changer off the edge. Just five seasons into his career, Hunter has more than 50 sacks to his name. He's a two-time Pro-Bowler and was named an All-Pro in 2019.

Hunter has only twice not notched double digit sacks in a season. The former LSU star missed the entirety of the 2020 season, but will likely not miss a beat in his return to the turf in 2021. He's an obvious upgrade over Mauldin, who hasn't played in the NFL since 2016.

Round 4, Pick 103: Grady Jarrett, DT, NY Jets

Original Pick: Bryce Petty, QB

While Bryce Petty is most famous for being made into a quarterback sandwich courtesy of Cameron Wake and Ndamukong Suh, Grady Jarrett boasts his resume as one of the best defensive tackles in the league.

Should Jarrett have been paired with Quinnen Williams, the duo would have been near impossible to stop. An already stacked defensive line exists for the Jets, but it's possible that it would have been the best in the league with these two on the same team.

Granted, if the Jets had drafted Jarrett, they likely wouldn't have needed to draft Williams.
The Jets at the time also ran a 3-4 defense, meaning that Grady and Williams would likely have been paired together only under Robert Saleh.

But we'll cross that bridge when we get to it. Regardless, Jarrett would have been far and away the better pick over Petty, who last saw NFL action in 2017.