Ah, the Jets. The Jets; the Jets; the Jets.
It's been a while since the days of Mark Sanchez and Rex Ryan leading the green to back-to-back AFC title game appearances -- long before the lore of the infamous butt fumble and Rex Ryan's creepy-ass foot fetish video was leaked.
It was simpler times.
The Jets are definitely in what I would call a transition period, but it's on the upswing, which is ideal. They have their franchise quarterback in Sam Darnold and they just hired a new head coach in Adam Gase. Gase should know the Jets relatively well, as he played them twice a year as coach of the Miami Dolphins the last few years. So that should make things a little easier. But the rest of the Jets situation, mainly the look of their roster, left much to be desired going into this offseason. Thankfully they had a lot of cap room, and that led to signings like Le'Veon Bell and C.J. Mosely.
Such signings set the Jets up nicely to be able to take advantage of a strong draft class at the top, and that's just what they did. They didn't have many pick in total, but I'd say that their class was a model for the phrase quality over quantity.
Round 1, Pick No. 3: Quinnen Williams, iDL, Alabama
Round 3, Pick No. 68: Jachai Polite, EDGE, Florida
Round 3, Pick No. 92: Chuma Edoga, OT, USC
Round 4, Pick No. 121: Trevon Wesco, TE, West Virginia
Round 5, Pick No. 157: Blake Cashman, LB Minnesota
Round 6, Pick No. 196: Blessaun Austin, CB, Rutgers
My Jets Draft Mulligan: CB Blessaun Austin for CB Jimmy Moreland
I actually really liked the Jets draft. I thought they did a good job of not overthinking it by actually drafting the best player in the entire class when he fell to them at No. 3, even though they had biggest "needs" elsewhere. They took a good risk on a very talented player in Jachai Polite in the third, and I like the upside of Edoga, Wesco and Cashman as potential contributors and maybe even starters.
There was really only one pick that I wasn't thrilled with and that was their sixth round pick in Blessaun Austin -- which it's hard to be too critical of sixth round picks anyways. Austin is a longer cornerback at 6-foot-1 who shows that he can play in a diverse range of coverage schemes. He's pretty comfortable in both zone and man and even in off and press assignments. But his injury history is not great. He's only played in five games over the last two seasons.
Instead, if I were the Jets, I would have much rather fancied the, though smaller, more accomplished cornerback in Jimmy Moreland. Moreland was a starter for all four years during his time at JMU. He's only 5-foot-9, 180 pounds, but he's feisty, talented and confident. Austin went pick No. 196 and Moreland went pick No. 227. I would have much preferred Moreland there to cap off what was a great haul for New York.