New York Jets have plenty of holes to fill in NFL Draft after substandard 2018 season


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The New York Jets hold the third overall pick in the first round of the upcoming NFL Draft. After a disappointing 4-12 campaign in 2018, the Jets were 23rd in the NFL in scoring at 20.8 points per game and 29th in points allowed, giving up 27.6 per game. They addressed one glaring hole in signing running back Le'Veon Bell but have several areas of weakness, including offensive tackle, wide receiver, corner back, linebacker and pass rusher. Here are the top prospects the Jets should consider in the NFL Draft.

{{playerID-602|Josh Allen}} - OLB (Kentucky)

Allen was seldom used as a freshman in 2015, registering just four tackles in 12 games as a back up. He made himself noticed in 2016, leading the team with seven sacks and four forced fumbles. As a junior in 2017, Allen lead Kentucky with seven sacks, two forced fumbles and 65 tackles. Allen became the elite pass rusher in the country last season after finishing second in the country in sacks with 17 and had 88 tackles in 13 games.

Allen brings forth a multitude of physical talents to enable him to rush the passer and cover tight ends. His true calling will likely be as a pass rusher in the 3-4 defensive scheme. Sometimes Allen isn't physical enough off the ball, but has all the makings to be very good at the NFL level against both the rush and the pass.

Jonah Williams - OT (Alabama)

One of the top recruits out of high school, Williams made an immediate impact in 2016, starting all 15 games, earning SEC All-Freshman honors. Williams proved he could play both tackle positions, moving to left tackle in 2017 and first team All-SEC honors. He capped off an excellent collegiate career in 2018, earning All-SEC honors and one of the finalists for the Outland Trophy.

Williams displays great technique, will to improve and strong work ethic necessary to succeed in both pass protection and run blocking. Although his size isn't great for a left tackle, Williams is very intelligent, uses his body control well and is likely to have a lengthy career as a starter in the NFL.

Greedy Williams - CB (LSU)

Williams was a redshirt freshman and took over for Kevin Tolliver following his suspension. Starting every game in 2017, Williams had six interceptions and made 38 tackles. He gained national recognition are third-team All-American. Last season, Williams was a first-team All-Sec and second-team All-American after recording nine passes defensed and two interceptions.

Williams has the athleticism and length to handle press coverage in the NFL. At times, he had trouble locating the ball on lengthy passes downfield, hindering his production somewhat last season. However, he has the talent to play in numerous defensive coverages and stays with the receiver. It was noted by scouts that Williams needs to improve his ability against the run, but has a chance to be a top corner in the NFL.

Jachai Polite - DE/OLB (Florida)

A native of Florida, Polite recorded two sacks and 11 tackles in 12 games as a freshman. He was off to a solid start as sophomore with 22 tackles and two sacks in seven games before missing the rest of the season with shoulder injury. Polite established himself as one of the top pass rushers in the country in 2018 after recording 11 sacks and six forced fumbles.

Polite enters the draft as a question mark after gaining weight during the off season. He showed the ability to rush the passer with much ease on game film, but after poor off season workouts, there are questions to whether or not he can compete at the next level. In the end, Polite has enough raw ability to take a chance on.

D.K. Metcalf - WR (Mississippi)

Metcalf come from a long line of football talent. His grandfather Terry player for the St. Louis Cardinals, his uncle Eric was a Pro Bowl kick returner in the NFL. D.K. caught 39 passes for 646 yards as a freshman, with seven touchdowns. His efforts earned him SEC All-Freshman honors. Injuries hampered Metcalf throughout his collegiate career, breaking his foot in the second game of 2016. He also injured his neck in 2018, limiting him to seven games and 569 yards receiving with five touchdowns.

The upside to Metcalf is the speed to be a deep threat, as well as the size and strength to battle defenders for the ball in tight traffic. While the ability is present, his lack of significant game time due to injuries makes Metcalf a work in progress. With the skill set he possesses, Metcalf is worth taking a chance on because he has the potential to be troublesome for NFL defenses to defend.

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