The New York Jets missed out on some great opportunities in the 2019 NFL Draft, and finished 7-9. How could it have turned out differently?
The 2019 NFL Draft was full of talented players at all positions. Four players selected in Nashville earned pro bowl honors after their rookie seasons. In an otherworldly defensive line class, stars like 49ers star, Nick Bosa, and Jaguars edge-rusher Josh Allen stood out as legitimate potentially franchise altering players.
The New York Jets had limited draft capital in 2019 after moving up for quarterback Sam Darnold in 2018. It was essential for former general manager Mike Maccagnan to hit on multiple selections to compensate for the lack of picks. The Jets spent an astronomical amount of money in free agency, adding Linebacker C.J. Mosley, Runningback Le’Veon Bell, and Reciever Jamison Crowder.
With former Miami Dolphins head coach, Adam Gase, taking the reins; it would be wise to assume that Maccagnan would give Gase young weapons to implement his offense, and further develop Sam Darnold, and build around big money free agent running back, Le’Veon Bell. He didn’t. The Jets selected two offensive players in 2019. Neither were taken to be starters, but were forced into starting roles because of injury and suspension.
Obviously, Jets management was displeased with this draft class, as Maccagnan was relieved of his duties before any of his 2019 draft picks took an NFL snap. In this piece we will look at how the Jets should’ve used their limited draft capital to supplement a roster that had recently spent big money in free agency, and was undergoing a coaching change.