Twelve final thoughts on the New York Jets first round selection of Quinnen Williams and their day two options…1 – It will be interesting to see if more details leak about the trade back the Jets were considering, which Adam Schefter tweeted about while they were on the clock. Immediately prior to the draft, fans were confident about a trade back occurring from a ton of media leaks. As always, trading down is easier said than done and there is a difference between media relationships to create smoke about trade interest and front office relationships on executing a trade. All that being said, there may have not been a reasonable offer on the table considering how the board ultimately broke with the Giants drafting like drunk sailors.
Do you think the #Jets will trade down tonight?
— Joe Caporoso (@JCaporoso) April 25, 2019
2 – As a follow up to the first point, there have been some interesting leaks today about the Jets front office:
I hear that all is not well in New York Jets land about their scouting operation. General Manager Mike Maccagnan is on the hot seat internally, and many in the league expect changes in the Jets’ front office after the draft. Stay tuned. https://t.co/WEciqKkI5D— Michael Lombardi (@mlombardiNFL) April 26, 2019
Just a guess – But could there be a riff forming between Brian Heimerdinger and Mike Maccagnan over the decision to stay put (or other recent decisions?) It would seem crazy for the Jets to move on from their GM at this point of the offseason so if somebody was on the move, it would probably be Heimerdinger and other people he’s close with in the scouting department.
this has been brewing for a while…i’ve known about this since the start of free agency but wanted more confirmation…what i didn’t say in the podcast, which i was told earlier this week, is that several have told me it could be sooner rather than later for Maccagnan..
— Tony Pauline (@TonyPauline) April 26, 2019
3 – Quuinnen Williams is going to be an easy player for Jets fans to root for and could quickly look like a rich man’s version of what they saw from Sheldon Richardson back in 2013 and 2014. For those of us who aren’t doing cartwheels about the pick, it has nothing to do with Williams’ game or potential, it has to do with roster construction, positional valuation and potential usage.
4 – The Jets need to wipe defensive line, safety and inside linebacker off their board for the next two days. Since selecting Sam Darnold, four of their seven picks (Nathan Shephard, Foley Fatukasi, Henry Anderson, Quinnen Williams) have been allocated to defensive linemen. Tonight is the night to begin further investment into the offense (or potentially cornerback or edge rusher).
5 – A reminder to check out all of the work that Joe Blewett (the biggest Q fan alive) did on Williams pre-draft including this article and this video. Williams is a superior prospect to Leonard Williams back in 2015, particularly when it comes to getting after the quarterback.
6 – There is a tantalizing amount of talent left on the board, particularly at offensive line, cornerback and edge rusher. HELLO POSITIONS OF NEED! However, it is going to be very difficult for the Jets to move up into the second with the ammunition they currently have (two third round picks, one fourth round pick, one sixth round pick, one seventh round pick and no extra picks next year). We know Darron Lee is on the trade block but probably doesn’t come into play until day three as an asset valuable enough to be involved. Could the Jets consider moving Leonard Williams after the Quinnen pick or were the rumors about potentially moving Robby Anderson for a day two pick true? (Hopefully not). Either way, I would not expect the Jets to end up with a second round pick.
7 -As for day two targets (assuming some of these guys can fall into round three), the biggest names on the board at cornerback are Greedy Williams, Byron Murphy, Julian Love, Justin Layne, David Long, Kris Boyd and Lonnie Johnson. It is hard to see good value not being available here when the Jets first pick is up, if they want to stay on the defensive side of the ball.
8 – Elsewhere at edge rusher, the biggest names are Jachai Polite, Chase Winovich, Zach Allen, Austin Bryant and Anthony Nelson. Hopefully the Jets avoid Jaylen Ferguson if they are going pass rusher on day two. A reminder their current edge rushers are Jordan Jenkins, Brandon Copeland Frankie Luvu.
9 – On offense, Elgton Jenkins or Erik McCoy would be dream picks to plug and play at center.but neither is likely to be available by round three. The same goes for Jawaan Taylor and Cody Ford, who both surprisingly fell out of the first round and would be great swings for the Jets at tackle.. Greg Little and Yodny Cajuste are also names that will be popular as prospective targets.
10 – At the skill positions, there are plenty of receivers still on the board including Deebo Samuel, AJ Brown, Parris Campbell, Hakeem Butler and DK Metcalf. Irv Smith Jr, Josh Oliver, Dawson Knox and Jace Sternberger are available at tight end, which could be a likelier focus position for the Jets. We know they had a ton of pre-draft interest in running backs but hopefully that waits until day three after investing so much in Le’Veon Bell and recently signing Ty Montgomery.
11 – The Jets current defensive personnel:
- DL: Quinnen Williams, Leonard Williams, Henry Anderson, Steve McLendon, Foley Fatukasi, Nathan Shepherd
- ILB: CJ Mosley, Avery Williamson, Darron Lee, Neville Hewitt
- Edge; Jordan Jenkins, Brandon Copeland, Frankie Luvu
- CB: Trumaine Johnson, Daryl Roberts, Brian Poole, Rashard Robinson, Derrick Jones
- S: Jamal Adams, Marcus Maye, Doug Middleton, Rontez Miles
12 – The Jets are far from a well run team at this point but even I feel a little bad for Giants fans right now…well, not really.