DraftFix: Maccagnan's 2019 class is entirely comprised of one-year wonders

Whilst breaking down the Jets' 2019 draft class, a strange trend has emerged. Every one of the Jets' picks is basically a "one-year wonder".


Quinnen Williams

2018: 71 tackles, 19.5 tackles for loss, 8.0 sacks
Rest of career (one year): 20 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, 2.0 sacks

Honors: 2018 first-team all-SEC. None prior to that.

Jachai Polite

2018: 45 tackles, 19.5 tackles for loss, 11.0 sacks
Rest of career (two years): 33 tackles, 8.0 tackles for loss, 4.0 sacks

Honors: 2018 first-team all-SEC. None prior to that.

Chuma Edoga

2018: Started 10 games, no sacks surrendered, six penalties
Rest of career: Two years with only two starts each. 12 starts as a junior with three sacks surrendered and 13 penalties

Honors: 2018 second-team all-Pac 12. None prior to that.

Trevon Wesco

2018: 26 catches, 366 yards, one touchdown
Rest of career: Two catches for seven yards and a touchdown in two seasons with West Virginia and five catches in one year at the junior college level

Honors: 2018 first-team all-Big 12. None prior to that.

Blake Cashman

2018: 104 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, five passes defensed, one fumble recovery
Rest of career (three seasons): 79 tackles, 16 tackles for loss, one pass defensed, no fumble recoveries

Honors: 2018 second-team all-Big Ten. None prior to that.

Blessuan Austin

The sole exception to this pattern was Blessuan Austin, the Jets' final pick, who missed nearly all of his final season (and most of the previous one) due to injury.

He's also a one-year wonder though, just that this time that one year came in his sophomore season (43 tackles, 14 passes defensed compared with 46 tackles and four passes defensed over his other three seasons combined). Again this was the only season that saw him earn any honors, as he was an honorable mention all-Big Ten selection.


Is this a coincidence, or could the Jets be deliberately targeting players who likely wouldn't have been on many radars until September? Could they be finding some good value this way?

The pattern is somewhat reminiscent of Maccagnan's first free agent class, which was highlighted by Buster Skrine and James Carpenter, two players who had struggled in their first few seasons, but played the best football of their career in their contract year.

At some point, it would be interesting to identify players that meet this profile from recent drafts to see if they have a better or worse success rate than the norm. Some investigation of Maccagnan's previous draft picks to see if any follow this pattern may also be appropriate.

It's not hard to identify trends within Maccagnan's draft tendencies, but it is rare for a pattern strong enough to apply to every single pick.

Is this an accident? Are you alarmed? Could they be onto something here? Let's have your thoughts in the comments section and come on you spurs.