Draftseason’s Draft Grade A Day is back! This is where we look at each team’s 2019 Draft class and grade it based on PRODUCTION ONLY! Points will be awarded per round and the scale is determined on the expectation of the round the pick was made. Fractional points are given out as well as bonus points for any player who outplayed their Draft ranking. We will add up the total points to determine the final grade. We will start with the Arizona Cardinals who had the first pick in 2019 and work our way up.
Grading Scale: (total possible per round)
Round 1 – 5 points
Round 2 – 4 points
Round 3 – 3 points
Round 4 – 2 points
Round 5 – 1 point
Round 6 & 7 – 0 points
New York Jets
Pick: DT Quinnen Williams, Alabama
Analysis: Williams was slightly disappointing in year one. He started 9 games and appeared in 13. He had 28 tackles and 2.5 sacks. The Jets had to be hoping for more of an impact from the no.3 overall pick.
Pick: DE Jachai Polite, Florida
Analysis: This round 3 pick was cut by the Jets and is now on the Rams. Not good.
Pick: OT Chuma Edoga, USC
Analysis: Edoga started all 8 games before getting hurt and placed on I.R.
Pick: TE Trevon Wesco, West Virginia
Analysis: Wesco was active all 16 games and even started one and that is good. He caught 2 balls for 47 yards and that isn’t good.
Pick: LB Blake Cashman, Minnesota
Analysis: Cashman was arguably the best pick of the Jets 2019 class. He started 5 games and had 40 tackles with half a sack, before tearing his labrum at the end of October that put him on I.R.
Pick: DB Blessuan Austin, Rutgers
Analysis: The Jets got a steal here. Austin had 25 tackles in 6 starts and even forced a fumble.
FINAL GRADE & ANALYSIS
Final Grade: 9.5/14 68% D+
The Jets had a bit of a weird 2019 Draft class. First of all, it wasn’t very productive in year one, especially the first two picks. Williams was looked to be one of the sure-fire instant impact defenders in the entire 2019 class. That’s why his mediocre production is so disappointing. Jachai Polite was a rare third-round choice that was cut. He was fined multiple times by the Jets in the preseason for being late to meetings. This shouldn’t have shocked the team, as his poor attitude and work ethic were known in the pre-draft process. The Jets can only blame themselves for rolling the dice on this guy. What made this class odd was that when the Jets did hit on a player, they got hurt. OT Chuma Edoga started the first 8 games of the season and played well. he then sprained his MCL which cost him his season. Linebacker Blake Cashman was a mad man early in the season. He was making tackles all over the field and looked to be one of the biggest steals in this class. He then tore his labrum and his rookie season was over after two months. They did appear to get a steal late in defensive back Blessuan Austin. He made 25 tackles and started 6 games, and could compete to start in 2020. While the Polite pick will always haunt this class, this grade should improve over time. Quinnen Williams is too talented not to step up his game in year two, and Cashman and Edoga should both return healthy and be 16 game starters.