Gregg Williams has high hopes for Jabari Zuniga

Discussion in 'New York Jets' started by BudJet, Jun 28, 2020.

  1. BudJet

    BudJet Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 25, 2012
    Messages:
    981
    Likes Received:
    1,450
    Jets defensive coordinator Gregg Williams has high hopes for Jabari Zuniga entering his rookie year.

    The third-round pick out of Florida has yet to play a single professional down of football, but Williams is already eying how he can use him in his 3-4 hybrid scheme. Zuniga played a lot of outside linebacker in college, but he can also be shifted inside as a pass-rushing defensive end. That kind of versatility led to Williams comparing the 22-year-old Zuniga to two of the NFL’s better pass rushers in recent history.
    In 11 seasons with the Giants and Raiders, Tuck recorded 66.5 sacks and earned two trips to the Pro Bowl, as well as an All-Pro selection in 2008. Graham, who has spent his entire career with the Eagles, has registered 51 career sacks playing as a hybrid defensive end and outside linebacker. In 2016, he earned a second-team All-Pro selection.

    Zuniga has the frame to play the same role Graham and Tuck both thrived in. Listed at 6-foot-3 and 253 pounds, Zuniga has enough size to play inside and enough speed and agility to thrive as a stand-up pass rusher coming off the edge. Graham plays 6-foot-2, 265 pounds and Tuck spent his career playing at 6-foot-3, 265 pounds. Zuniga is 12 pounds lighter than both Graham and Tuck but is bound to put on additional muscle now that he is taking part in an NFL weight training program.

    If Zuniga can put together a career’s worth of production coming anywhere close to what Graham and Tuck have accomplished, the Jets will have finally landed a top-end pass-rusher in the middle rounds of the draft after striking out for years. Zuniga has a lot to prove before even ascending to a starting job, but if Williams’ evaluation winds up being correct, New York will have a special player on its hands.
     
  2. K'OB

    K'OB Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Oct 18, 2016
    Messages:
    5,582
    Likes Received:
    4,111
    That is a bold claim by a coach before camp has even started, fingers crossed Williams can sprinkle some magic dust on another player because we need a pass rusher for sure.
     
    BudJet likes this.
  3. FJF

    FJF 2018 MVP Joe Namath Award Winner

    Joined:
    Feb 29, 2008
    Messages:
    22,764
    Likes Received:
    23,315
    Imagine hitting on Zuniga , becton , mims and hall.

    that’s the transformational draft we need to go to perennial division winner in one year.
    That said, I liked this kid 2 years ago as a solid pro, not sure he has 10+ sacks a year in him though.
     
  4. JetsNation06

    JetsNation06 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 17, 2006
    Messages:
    6,125
    Likes Received:
    1,896
    Hopefully this kid's not too polite out there.
     
  5. NCJetsfan

    NCJetsfan Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 3, 2013
    Messages:
    22,833
    Likes Received:
    14,776
    I see what you did there!
     
    JetsNation06 likes this.
  6. Ptflea2

    Ptflea2 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    May 15, 2015
    Messages:
    681
    Likes Received:
    546
    We all have high hopes for this guy! ;)
     
    boozer32 likes this.
  7. jetophile

    jetophile Bruce Coslet's Daughter

    Joined:
    Oct 29, 2004
    Messages:
    12,058
    Likes Received:
    5,194
    As long as he can beat out Daphne Zuniga, it's a good sign.
     
  8. Ptflea2

    Ptflea2 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    May 15, 2015
    Messages:
    681
    Likes Received:
    546
    The Dorm that Dripped Blood? Yes. Spaceballs or The Fly 2? Naw
     
    nycarl and jetophile like this.
  9. Jonathan_Vilma

    Jonathan_Vilma Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 7, 2004
    Messages:
    16,510
    Likes Received:
    8,354
    It's possible. Teams do have drafts like that. The Seahawks pulled 8 starters in back to back drafts in 2010/2011. We need that kind of deal badly.
     
    themorey and K'OB like this.
  10. BudJet

    BudJet Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 25, 2012
    Messages:
    981
    Likes Received:
    1,450
    Let's not forget Mann, Peline, Davis, Clark. The only pick I didn't like was the Qb, not to say he won't be a good backup one day.
    This was a very solid Draft top to bottom.
     
    SOJAZ and NCJetsfan like this.
  11. jets69

    jets69 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    May 10, 2013
    Messages:
    3,589
    Likes Received:
    1,938
    Waiting for DWC to chime in, before I can call him a first ballot HOFer
     
    FJF likes this.
  12. FJF

    FJF 2018 MVP Joe Namath Award Winner

    Joined:
    Feb 29, 2008
    Messages:
    22,764
    Likes Received:
    23,315
    All nice pieces but those four I mentioned are positions 2-5 of importance . To come away with your left tackle, edge,cb1, wr1 in the same draft would be too good.
     
  13. dawinner127

    dawinner127 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 17, 2009
    Messages:
    5,452
    Likes Received:
    3,206
    I felt something get excited thinking about that...

    Getting 4 starters in one draft is franchise changing. Look at Seattle. Look NOLA when they hit 4 or 5 starters. We can only hope we did it!
     
    nycarl and NCJetsfan like this.
  14. ConcordeChops

    ConcordeChops 2018 International Poster Award Winner

    Joined:
    Mar 24, 2010
    Messages:
    5,799
    Likes Received:
    3,358
    I can tell already it’s going to be a close race for the off-season Ty Montgomery hype-versus-actual-snaps trophy
     
    Donttasemebro likes this.
  15. matt robinson 17

    matt robinson 17 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 27, 2002
    Messages:
    13,358
    Likes Received:
    6,374
    In Gregg Williams we trust!
     
  16. Same DarnOld Jets

    Same DarnOld Jets Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 30, 2009
    Messages:
    1,949
    Likes Received:
    460
    can you link this article?
     
  17. BroadwaySam

    BroadwaySam Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 6, 2008
    Messages:
    10,190
    Likes Received:
    9,956
    In Montgomery’s defense, a coach with a brain would have had him on the field wayyyyyy more. But I do love this part of the offseason. Everyone is an emerging star. Just a few weeks ago Vyncint Smith was gonna break out.
     
    Donttasemebro likes this.
  18. HerndonFan

    HerndonFan 2018 ROTY Poster Award Winner

    Joined:
    Jan 15, 2018
    Messages:
    3,711
    Likes Received:
    5,088
    I believe he can develop into a good pass rusher with a year or two of development.
     
  19. FJF

    FJF 2018 MVP Joe Namath Award Winner

    Joined:
    Feb 29, 2008
    Messages:
    22,764
    Likes Received:
    23,315
    In Jet land we call that a bust.
     
    K'OB likes this.
  20. BudJet

    BudJet Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 25, 2012
    Messages:
    981
    Likes Received:
    1,450
    Same DarnOld Jets and K'OB like this.

Share This Page