Mock drafts are continuing to pour in with three and a half months to go before the NFL draft, and ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. has the Jets taking a defensive tackle.
Kiper has the Jets taking Alabama defensive tackle Quinnen Williams with the No. 3 pick, shoring up a defensive line under new defensive coordinator Gregg Williams.
Though Kiper has the Jets missing out on the highly-touted Nick Bosa (No. 1, Cardinals) and Josh Allen (No. 2, 49ers), it's tough to diminish Williams' ability.
The 6-foot-4, 295-pound Williams recorded eight sacks and 71 total tackles in 2018 for the Crimson Tide, who lost to Clemson in the national championship game. ESPN ranks Williams the No. 1 defensive tackle.
Kiper thinks the Jets can stay at No. 3 and pick the best player available or trade down.
"The Jets will have the most 2019 cap space of any team, so expect them to be active in free agency. For now, I'll go with the best player on the board in Williams, who finished eighth in the voting for the Heisman Trophy this season," Kiper writes. "If new defensive coordinator Gregg Williams switches to a 4-3, Williams is a perfect fit as a 3-technique penetrator. Remember that the Jets don't have a second-round pick -- they dealt it in the Sam Darnold trade up last year -- so it's extra important that they hit here. New York does have an extra third-round pick from the Teddy Bridgewater trade."
As a team, the Jets ranked 29th in points allowed, 25th in total yards allowed and 20th in sacks.
Enter Williams, 21, who helped Alabama's defense have the fourth-lowest scoring average on defense (14.8 points per game) among all FBS teams.