The Jets Somehow Robbed the Giants Blind in the Leonard Williams Trade

Leonard Williams
New York Giants defensive tackle Leonard Williams | Al Bello/Getty Images

Giving up two mid-round picks for a player with one fewer quarterback hit than Khalil Mack over the last five years seems like a home run, right? Somehow, New York Giants GM Dave Gettleman managed to screw this up.

Leonard Williams traded locker rooms at MetLife Stadium when the New York Jets traded the former USC star to the Giants in exchange for a third-round pick in 2020 and pick that became a fifth-rounder in 2021 after Williams signed his franchise tag with the Giants.

The Jets made out like bandits in this deal, as they picked up two picks in a deal for a guy that they weren't even going to make an effort to re-sign given the presence of Quinnen Williams. And Leonard Williams was pretty putrid for the Giants managing just a half-sack and 26 tackles in eight games after switching teams.

With the 68th overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, a pick that originally belonged to the Giants, the Jets selected Cal's Ashtyn Davis, a speedy, rangy safety that figures to be a major player on defense next season. Joe Douglas has to be thrilled with how this trade looks for the Jets right now.

In exchange for a player they were not going to re-sign, the Jets added two draft picks while shouldering their rivals with a solid, if a bit disappointing, defensive lineman who is only going to create further contract headaches as the season goes on. A rare Jets W.