Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan joined Mike Francesa on Monday evening to discuss Gang Green’s 2019 draft class.
The Jets selected defensive tackle Quinnen Williams with the third overall pick. Maccagnan described the 2019 NFL draft as one filled with huge talents at the top of the draft.
“We felt really good at (pick) three in terms of – we knew there would be some good players available,” Maccagnan said. “You obviously had (Nick) Bosa, you had Quinnen. We heard a lot of talk about Arizona focusing on a quarterback, and then as it got closer to it, other names kept popping up. We always kind of felt they were going to go quarterback. So we figured with Bosa, Quinnen, Josh Allen, there was a number of really good players.”
Williams started 15 games as a sophomore in 2018, accruing eight sacks and 71 total tackles. He was a finalist for Bronko Nagurski and Chuck Bednarik awards and won the Outland Trophy.
“Quinnen, in particular, we felt really good about,” Maccagnan said. “Obviously, he kind of burst on the scene this year with the season he had at Alabama. I think the thing that we felt so good about him – being a very young player, still having a lot of upside and potential in him. We really think he’s just scratching the surface. He obviously plays in a very, very good conference. Through the whole season, we thought he played at an extremely high level.”
In the third round, Gang Green drafted Florida edge rusher Jachai Polite with the 68th overall pick, and Maccagnan traded up to select USC offensive tackle Chuma Edoga at 92nd overall.
“When we first started doing work on him – obviously, we liked a lot of things about him on tape,” Maccagnan said of Polite. “He was a very productive player in a very good conference coming off the edge. He played against some very good players and tackles. (He) had a lot of production as a pass rusher, but also causing fumbles.
“He’s not an exceptionally tall tackle, but he has very good length and that really helps him to compensate for that,” the Jets GM said of Edoga. “More importantly, especially going through the film evaluation in the fall and seeing him up close at the Senior Bowl, watching his ability to play left tackle – we thought he had the ability from an athletic standpoint to be a very good pass blocker. We’re kind of excited about having him come here and competing for one of our tackle spots.”