Early Impressions of 2015 NFL Draft Picks 6-10

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Jul 30, 2015; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets defensive tackle Leonard Williams (62), nose tackle Damon Harrison (94) and defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson (96) during first day of training camp at Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

Leonard Williams

When defensive lineman Leonard Williams was picked No. 6 overall, I didn’t know what to think. The New York Jets took the best player available, resisting the temptation of drafting for need. So while I couldn’t say it was a bad pick, I thought it was a bad pick for Williams and his ability to make an immediate impact.

Defensive ends Muhammad Wilkerson and Sheldon Richardson are two of the best in the NFL so there isn’t much room for it. But Richardson, with his marijuana suspension, made this a better pick for the Jets than it originally was. Williams hasn’t stood out much in training camp but head coach Todd Bowles is encouraged by what he’s shown.

He told NJ.com, “He’s explosive, but it’s more than that playing down there. You have to read blocks, you have to understand double teams, and you have to sacrifice sometimes. So it’s not all about him being the playmaker. Sometimes you have to be the sacrificial lamb. But Leonard is doing a good job. He runs around. He has a good football mind. He’s picking up the defense well. He has to keep progressing.”

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