The Jets have needed an edger-rusher since roughly the Paleozoic Era. Every year with every draft, we always talk about edge-rusher being one of the team’s biggest needs and every year they fail to solve that problem.
So, here we are again.
Last season, defensive coordinator Gregg Williams had to create pass rush through scheme. That is why safety Jamal Adams seemed to be their most feared pass-rusher at one point in the season.
The Jets re-signed Jordan Jenkins, who led the team with eight sacks last season, but they are going to need more than Jenkins.
Unfortunately for the Jets, this is not considered a strong draft class for edge-rushers. After Chase Young, who is expected be taken at No. 2 in this draft by the Redskins, there is a big drop-off.
That means taking one at No. 11 is probably not going to happen and the Jets will have to address this position later in the draft.
Here is one scenario, though, where the Jets could end up taking one in the first round. Let’s say the top four offensive tackles are all drafted in the top 10. Now, the Jets could take one of the top wide receivers or cornerbacks at No. 11, but maybe they are not in love with those players. Could they trade back into the late teens for someone who wants to come up and take wide receivers Jerry Jeudy or CeeDee Lamb? If that happens, then maybe they take LSU’s K’Lavon Chaisson or Iowa’s A.J. Epenesa with that later first-round pick.
That scenario is not that far-fetched, but if they do stick at 11, the pick should not be an edge-rusher. Then, they can look at Day 2 edge-rushers like Notre Dame’s Julian Okwara. If they wait until Day 3, Utah’s Bradlee Anae and Boise State’s Curtis Weaver are potential targets.
Chances are, the Jets won’t fix their edge-rusher problem in this draft and we’ll again be talking about it as a need next year.