Positions No. 8 Through 5
No. 8: Punter
- NFL Ranking: No. 15
Lachlan Edwards has slowly but surely rewarded the Jets faith in him. Ranking in the top 10 in the NFL in punting average a season ago locks him in as a solid punter in the NFL.
Only fullback ranks in terms of NFL relevance.
No. 7: Inside Linebacker
- NFL Ranking: No. 11
Yes, Darron Lee and Avery Williamson is a solid tandem at 3-4 inside linebacker. But neither are big-time stars.
Additionally, Kevin Minter might be the most underappreciated signing this offseason. He’s an excellent third ILB and will work wonders for the Jets special teams units. It’s a spot that ranks right in the middle of the pack for the green and white.
No. 6: Wide Receiver
- NFL Ranking: No. 7
Much like the inside backer spot, wide receiver is deep but without a single true stud. Robby Anderson will need to get it done one more season before star gets thrown in his direction.
Anderson, Jermaine Kearse and, arguably, the best of the bunch, Quincy Enunwa, make for a tremendous top three. Sprinkle in Terrelle Pryor, Chad Hansen, ArDarius Stewart and Charone Peake and, suddenly, watch out. The Jets weaponry is on the rise.
No. 5: Quarterback
- NFL Ranking: No. 1
Yup. There’s no way around it. The quarterback spot is far-and-away the most important position in sports. Forget football. The right arena is “sports.”
The two slam-dunk critical groups are the quarterback on offense and one-on-one edge rushing on defense. After that, an argument can be made for corner, receiver, tackle, etc.
For the first time in a long time, the Jets can feel proud about the quarterback spot. Sam Darnold is the. future while Josh McCown and Teddy Bridgewater add tremendous immediate value.