The New York Jets missed the playoffs for the eighth-straight season after going 4-12 in 2018.
The Jets fired head coach Todd Bowles after the season and replaced him with former Dolphins head coach Adam Gase, who will try to use his offensive experience to develop second-year quarterback Sam Darnold.
In last year's draft, the Jets traded up with the Colts to select USC's Darnold with the third overall pick.
How will they use their picks in this year's NFL draft? We're breaking down every selection below.
Here's the full list of picks the Jets hold in the 2019 draft, which will be updated as each selection is made.
Round 1, Pick 3 (No. 3 overall):
Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama
Andy Benoit's grade: B
Unable to trade this pick, the Jets “settled” for whom many believe is the best player in this draft. Williams played multiple positions in Alabama’s high-level scheme, which will serve him well under new Jets defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, who likes to diversify. Williams was a fast-riser in 2018, but he draws rave reviews for his mechanics, particularly his hand usage. He obviously checks the size and quickness boxes, but the question is whether he has enough burst and twitch to be a consistent gap penetrator. Stylistically, Williams is very similar to Jets incumbent defensive lineman Leonard Williams. Leonard—who, it should be noted, is a free agent after this season, though one worth re-signing—may now find himself operating at defensive end once in a while, considering the Jets are still weak at this spot.
Round 3, Pick 4 (No. 68 overall): Jachai Polite, DE, Florida
Andy Benoit's grade: B-
Here’s the edge rusher that New York’s roster has been pining for. Some are concerned that Polite isn’t stout enough to hold up against the run, but you can live with your third-rounder becoming just a situation player if those situations involve critical third downs.
Round 3, Pick 28 (No. 92 overall): Chuma Edoga, T, USC
Andy Benoit's grade: B+
Edoga was a highly touted prospect who did not always play up to his abilities at USC. The Jets appear to be rolling the dice, hoping to find a developmental project who could sneak into a starting role down the road. It’s worth noting that their top three offensive tackles, Kelvin Beachum, Brandon Shell and backup Brent Qvale are all in the final year of their contracts.
Round 4, Pick 19 (No. 121 overall): Trevon Wesco, TE, West Virginia
Round 5, Pick 19 (No. 157 overall): Blake Cashman, LB, Minnesota
Round 6, Pick 24 (No. 196 overall): Blessuan Austin, CB, Rutgers
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