With the third pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, the New York Jets select…
3. New York Jets: Josh Allen EDGE | Kentucky
The J-E-T-S went H-A-M this offseason. The Jets started things off with an overhaul of their coaching staff, bringing in former Miami Dolphins head coach Adam Gase to man the fort. With him came offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains, and just to add a little fire, they hired defensive coordinator Gregg Williams. Williams should bring some personality with him on the sidelines that we haven’t seen in New York since Rex Ryan was running the show. Then came free agency, where the Jets had money to blow, with over $100 million in cap space. First order of business was to surround their franchise quarterback, Sam Darnold, with some weapons. In steps a steady slot receiver in Jamison Crowder, a stud running back in Le’Veon Bell and a mammoth left guard in Kelechi Osemele. While the Jets made some moves in free agency to try and help their young quarterback, there is still more work to be done. Just not at pick #3.
Defensively, the Jets hit it out of the park with the signing of linebacker CJ Mosley. Mosley solidifies the interior of that linebacking corps and provides the leadership and physicality the Jets have been sorely missing from that position since David Harris left town. Then the Jets swung and missed while trying to add a talented pass-rusher in Anthony Barr. Despite all the flashy moves the Jets have made this offseason, a glaring hole still remains at that outside linebacker position. Lucky for the Jets, (should they choose to keep this pick) they will have their choice of one of the top pass rushers available in this year’s draft class. Isn’t it funny how the Jets always luck out in the draft? I mean think about it, last year you get your star franchise quarterback in Sam Darnold, the year before that you have safety Jamal Adams fall into your lap, and then two years prior to that you have defensive lineman Leonard Williams sitting there. It’s amazing how much this team still sucks.
Needless to say I think lightning strikes again for the Jets and they grab Kentucky’s Josh Allen, the self-proclaimed best player in this year’s draft. I’ve seen a lot of mock drafts with the Jets taking Alabama’s Quinnen Williams here which is also a strong possibility, but I just don’t think the Jets can go another season not addressing the pass-rush. In the last 3 seasons the Jets have finished 16th, 28th and 29th in sacks. If the Jets want to have any hope of stealing the division crown away from the Patriots, they gotta get to the quarterback.