2018 Disaster Draft: The New York Jets

Recently, a super duper certified Brain Genius New York Jets fan tried to convince me, and others, that they were a Kirk Cousins away from making the AFC playoffs next year. The obvious response to that is that the New York Jets are one of the most talent-starved rosters in the entirety of the NFL. This made for the disaster draft preparation for them exceptionally difficult. This roster is bad. It’s so bad, in fact, I had to make a third, punitive, category to go with “No Doubters” and “More-Than-Likely Staying.” In the event of a disaster draft, as outlined in the rules I made up for this dumb game that shows how much I hate myself, these are the players the New York Jets should opt to protect.

Lost to Free Agency: Muhammad Wilkerson, Josh McCown, Robby Anderson’s Filter, Demario Davis, Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Mo Claiborne, Kony Ealy

 

The No Doubters:

Players POS. 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Buster Skrine CB $8,500,000 UFA
Leonard Williams DE $5,928,003 UFA
Jamal Adams SS $5,058,798 $6,070,557 $7,082,319 UFA
Steve McLendon DT $4,250,000 UFA
Marcus Maye FS $1,489,554 $1,787,465 $2,085,378 UFA

If the Jets have a strength (emphasis on if), it’s on defense. They drafted two extremely talented safeties in the 2017 draft to pair with CB Buster Skrine and the extremely talented Leonard Williams up front. Steve McLendon made this list instead of the “more-than-likely” staying not because he is exceptionally talented, but because I felt bad for the Jets having only four no doubters.

 

The More-Than-Likely Staying:

Players POS. 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Kelvin Beachum LT $9,500,000 $9,500,000 UFA
Brian Winters G $7,000,000 $6,500,000 $7,500,000 UFA
James Carpenter G $6,805,000 UFA
Jermaine Kearse WR $5,550,000 UFA
Bilal Powell RB $4,883,334 UFA
ArDarius Stewart WR $804,081 $900,331 $995,581 UFA
Darryl Roberts CB $705,000 UFA
Brandon Shell T $688,991 $778,993 UFA
Robby Anderson WR $633,334 RFA
Elijah McGuire RB $597,126 $687,126 $777,127 UFA

The Jets petitioned with the league to not protect sixteen players because they didn’t think it was worth the time and effort to debate whether or not they should hang onto Elijah McGuire or Bryce Petty. Beachum is usually good (not last year); Winters and Carpenter are usually good (not last year). Jermaine Kearse was involved in the Sheldon Richardson trade last year, and the Jets will keep him out of pure stubbornness. Bilal Powell was touted as the running back of the future last year, and he is also thirty this year. The rest of these guys are the perfect bad team intersection of cheap and talented. Robby Anderson will get cut, though, if he screams at another police officer (or shot).

 

And the punitive category… for taking him in the second round and burying him as deep on their roster as they possibly can, hoping he never sees the light of day….

Players POS. 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Christian Hackenberg QB $1,270,991 $1,482,826 UFA

He’s so bad! The Jets deserve to be stuck with him forever. They will either be thrilled by being forced to keep him, or they will be thrilled by their continuing long play to keep Christian Hackenberg benched until he retires. This way, nobody in the league can see how terrible he is and point and laugh at the Jets.

 

The Leftovers:

Not good enough to make it on the Jets. Wowee. Good luck, fellas.

Players POS. 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Darron Lee ILB $2,787,722 $3,252,344 UFA
Josh Martin OLB $2,100,000 UFA
Devin Smith WR $1,868,497 UFA
Lorenzo Mauldin OLB $891,506 UFA
Bryce Petty QB $843,425 UFA
Jordan Jenkins OLB $830,980 $920,980 UFA
Juston Burris CB $767,782 $857,785 UFA
Obum Gwacham DE $705,000 UFA
Chad Hansen WR $659,912 $749,912 $839,912 UFA
Lac Edwards P $648,948 $738,951 UFA
Charone Peake WR $647,095 $737,097 UFA
Joel Stave QB $630,000 ERFA
Jalin Marshall WR $630,000 RFA
Tre McBride WR $630,000 $720,000 UFA
Terrell Sinkfield WR $630,000 ERFA
Lucky Whitehead WR $630,000 RFA
Jalin Marshall WR $630,000
Jeremy Langford RB $630,000 RFA
Claude Pelon DE $630,000 ERFA
Deon Simon DT $630,000 RFA
Rashard Robinson CB $630,000 $720,000 UFA
Jordan Leggett TE $625,511 $715,511 $805,512 UFA
Dylan Donahue OLB $605,484 $695,484 $785,485 UFA
Jeremy Clark CB $592,103 $682,103 $772,104 UFA
Derrick Jones CB $591,261 $681,261 $771,264 UFA
Jojo Natson WR $555,000 ERFA
Damore’ea Stringfellow WR $555,000 ERFA
Daniel Williams WR $555,000 ERFA
Benjamin Braden T $555,000 ERFA
Korren Kirven T $555,000 ERFA
Micah Awe OLB $555,000 ERFA
Thomas Hennessy LS $555,000 $645,000 RFA
Brisly Estime WR $481,666 $646,668 RFA
Akeem Judd RB $480,000 ERFA
Jahad Thomas RB $480,000 $570,000 RFA
Xavier Coleman CB $480,000 ERFA
Bryson Keeton CB $480,000 ERFA
Kacy Rodgers S $480,000 ERFA
Ben Turk P $480,000 ERFA

 

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