New York Jets five biggest positional needs this offseason

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3. Edge Rusher

As I mentioned earlier, the Jets defense did well this season considering all the injuries. However, they were terrible at getting to the opposing team’s quarterbacks.

Jamal Adams is probably the best edge rusher on the team. The fact that the All-Pro strong safety might be the best at getting into the opponent’s backfield should speak volumes. Gang Green is desperate for a defensive end that can rush the quarterback.

They can address the issue in the draft, but I believe they should start looking at the defensive end position in the fourth round or later. I have this stance because the Jets have consistently drafted nine defensive players in the first round from 2010 to 2019 (Darnold was the exception) with little success in selecting front-seven players.

I believe the player the Jets should try to make a push for is Yannick Ngakoue, the defensive end for the Jacksonville Jaguars. According to John Shipley of Sports Illustrated, Nagkoue was ranked 18th on Pro Football Focuses top 50 free agents for the 2020 season, and he is the third-best edge rusher that will be available this offseason.

Ngakoue finished his 2019 campaign with 36 solo tackles, eight sacks, four forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, and a pick-six. This is the type of production the Gang Green is missing. Hopefully, Douglas throws a bag of money at Ngakoue so that New York Jets can get some pressure on opposing quarterbacks.