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New York Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan opts for more defense this draft.Julio Cortez/AP

New York Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan opts for more defense this draft.

Rex Ryan may be gone but he would be proud of the Jets selection: for the sixth straight year, the Jets went defense first in the NFL draft.

The Jets reinforced the stronger side of the ball on Thursday night when they selected Leonard Williams with the 6th pick. The Jets were already set to have a formidable defense — that features the likes of Darrelle Revis, Antonio Cromartie, Muhammad Wilkerson and Sheldon Richardson — before this pick, which will presumably help. The one thing lacking from Todd Bowles’ unit was an elite pass rusher, which they clearly are hoping for here.

Of course, the Jets still have issues on the other side of the ball (specifically at quarterback) but if their new rookie can put pressure on the quarterback they ought to be very tough to score points on.

The Jets surprised some by staying at No. 6 overall. Many speculated that Gang Green would going to trade down, especially after Maccagnan indicated in his press conference last week that he generally prefers to trade for more picks.

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