New York Jets 2019 NFL Draft Class – Year One Grades

Michael Meegan grades the performance of the New York Jets 2019 draft class

A review of Mike Maccagnan’s final draft class with the New York Jets after one season…

Quinnen Williams: B- 

Williams was a consensus top two player in the 2019 draft. Despite the pedigree this pick divided many Jets fans as they wanted the team to draft an edge rusher, as they had already put so many resources into the interior D-Line or trade back to try to recoup assets. Quinnen generally underwhelmed his rookie year for his lofty expectations, as injuries in the linebacker core and the lack of depth at edge limited his ability to rush the passer. He too often looked overmatched physically as his strength that dominated the SEC could not do the same at the NFL level. I have still high hopes for Quinnen, as I think he can have a monster second year and be the Fletcher Cox like player we thought he could be when drafted. 

Jachai Polite: Grade F

Jets fans were overjoyed when the team used a top 70 pick in a position they have been trying to fill for over a decade. Polite was not worth the excitement as massive character concerns and a disastrous combine were precursors to what was to come. Gregg Williams never wanted this player and it showed when he could not even make the 53 man roster.  Polite joins Hackenberg as the two worst picks of the Mike Macagnan Era.  

Chuma Edoga: Grade C 

Edoga was the first linemen ever taken in the first 3 rounds by Mike Macagnan and that really shows as we head into an offseason needing roughly 4 new offensive line starters.  Edoga flashed a little at RT as when he came in for Brandon Shell, as he looked athletic and competent. However, when Kelvin Beachum went out and Edoga switched to LT he really struggled and had that compounded with a knee injury, which derailed his season.  Edoga has some potential but it remains to be seen if he will be a part of the Jets long-term plans on the offensive line once Joe Douglas revamps it.  

Trevon Wesco: Grade C-

A blocking tight end and, who only had 1 carry and caught 2 passes in 2019 as he struggled to get on the field.  I think Wesco makes for an interesting chess piece as a FB/TE hybrid but Adam Gase seems to disagree. If all Wesco is, is a blocking tight end he might not make this year’s team and this pick will be a waste of a mid-round selection that could have been a weapon for Sam Darnold.  

Blake Cashman: Grade C

Cashman flashed early into camp and made everyone excited to start the year as a potential late round find. He played well in spots and filled in admirably when CJ Mosley went down with injury. Cashman finished the year on IR after season ending shoulder surgery as he only managed to play 7 games. Cashman had multiple shoulder surgeries in college so it’s a real concern if he can be relied on to play going forward.  

Bless Austin: Grade B+ 

Austin started the year on the PUP list recovering from his second ACL surgery and many wondered if he would even see the field at all this season.  However, Austin flashed when he got healthy as he was really good in coverage as well as tackling in open space. He got in the doghouse with Gregg Williams after giving up a TD against the Steelers in Week 16 but that was his only big mistake in his rookie year.  The injury history is a concern but if Austin can become the team’s number two outside corner, this is a real gem of a find.