Jets Draft Team Needs: Cornerback

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

The roster is never set for the season in the beginning of April, as the five starting rookies from last season can attest. With twelve picks in what has been stated is one of the deepest draft classes in recent memory the Jets still have areas of need, which we fully expect them to fill between now and next Sunday. Here’s our quick look at the Jets positions of need and some players that might end up with the Jets.  First up, cornerback.

Current Status: While the Jets were ‘active’ in free agency after cutting Antonio Cromartie, yet all they walked away with was free agent Dmitri Patterson. Patterson played well last year in Miami before a season-ending injury.  The Jets also look to be without Ed Reed at safety, who played well down the stretch for the team.  While Dee Milliner will likely be the cornerstone of the secondary for years to come, they still could do with a second starter caliber player at cornerback to help build out the unit and put more emphasis on press coverage on the perimeter of the defense.

Day One Options: Darqueze Dennard (Michigan State), Jason Verrett (TCU)

NCAA Football: Michigan at Michigan StateRex Ryan loves to use press coverage and that is where both Dennard and Verrett excel.  Justin Gilbert might be a tantalizing athlete, but on the first day we fully expect the Jets to focus in on players who they can immediately drop into their scheme.  Josh Norris has written on Dennard that “no corner is as physical with receivers within five yards or downfield as Dennard.” Dennard might have questions about his top speed, but he is a ready-made starting corner. Jason Verrett is a name that seems to be going under the radar right now, mostly because he is a smaller player, like Tyrann Mathieu last year or Fred Smoot in years past.  Size doesn’t seem to matter with Verrett though and many expect him to be a late first round pick.  While we would be shocked to see the Jets select Verrett with the 18th pick, he might be in play if they move back so that another team can pick up a sliding quarterback.

Day Two Options: Keith McGill (Utah), Bradley Roby (Ohio State), Phillip Gaines (Rice), Pierre Desir (Lindenwood), Stanley Jean-Baptiste (Nebraska)

keith-mcgill-combineWe picked Keith McGill in our mock draft yesterday as the Jets third round choice.  We have to think that the Jets would covet his size and ability to play press coverage.  McGill needs a little technical work and some NFL conditioning, but he could be capable of starting for the Jets at corner before the end of his first season.  Bradley Roby has character concerns but is a player who John Idzik has spent extensive time with during the pre-draft process, which might help him make up his mind about the man despite his very recent run-in with the law.  Maybe Roby won’t land in the second round as he was projected to, but he might be an option for the Jets should he slide to the third.  Roby is a speedy corner and has the burst to close on the football, but will the character issues be too much for Idzik to look past?

Rice’s Phillip Gaines has had a lot of buzz around him since scouts got to take a look at him during practices at the East-West Shrine Game.  Since then, Gaines has impressed during his workouts, but will need some polishing on his footwork.  Desir and SJB are both excellent athletes who have press-coverage potential, but will need some time in working with the Jets coaching staff before they are ready to take the next step.

Day Three Options: Loucheiz Purifoy (Florida), Antone Exum (Virginia Tech), Clemson (Bashaud Breeland)

NCAA Football: Florida State at FloridaPurifoy can play press coverage, but it tends to fall apart the further down the field he tracks his target.  Exum is a hard hitting player out of Frank Beamer’s program, but might be better off converting to safety.  Breeland has fair size and speed to play cornerback, but his lack of ideal speed might get him in trouble.  Even so, Breeland is a ball-hawk, leading the Tigers in passes defensed in 2013.  Breeland needs work on his press skills, but he would have been watched closely by Rex Ryan all year due to the Seth Ryan tie-in to the Clemson program.  Is Breeland a lump of clay that Ryan could work with?




85 comments
jenkins
jenkins

Nice to see Verrett finally getting some respect as a 1st round CB. I still say he's drafted in the top 25. Trade back for him and groom him to replace Wilson and become one of the best slot corners in the league.


But if you give him the chance to compete with Patterson, he might just win a starting spot this year.


Dennard or Fuller would also be fine with me, although Dennard could lead the league in PI's until Thurman works with him awhile.

nickballs
nickballs

Dennard, Fuller, Verrett....lets go Idzik....land us a stud Corner.....WR in 2nd round....this draft cant get here soon enough


Frank Monastra
Frank Monastra

1st round you trade down, maybe Browns at 26, add a 4th rd pick


1st rd: CB Roby

2nd rd: TE Jenkins

3rd rd: WR Moncrief

4th rd: WR Huff ILB Skov OLB Hubbard FS Reynolds


would be a A+ draft for them in first 4 rds

j_spikett
j_spikett

an up an coming team. idzik has gotten rave reviews by the true insiders for his off season maneuvering and the jets have in my opinion one of the if not the best coach in football. i see this team doing BIG things. maybe not this year but give it 2-3 years.

ny12jets
ny12jets

I've been reading this thread and it is really good.  I like Fuller, and I think the Jets do too.  Also, I think the Jets are expecting something more out of Hill this year.  So, what I would like to see is the Jets trade with Eagles down to 22, pick up another 4th.  I would then select the following


1  Kyle Fuller

2  Jordan Mathews

3. CJ Fiedorowicz

Then with 4, 4th round picks start building depth, hopefully including Exum or McGill in the 4th.

 

Joseph Koll
Joseph Koll

OBJ, ASJ, SJB, rounds 1-3. Could happen? Has a nice ring to it!!!!!!

dobermite
dobermite

I think Kyle Fuller is the best CB in this draft and thats who I would take at 18, if we take a Corner. He's big, physical, runs in the 4.4's, terrific in man-press coverage, great hips, great anticipation and he blankets WR's all over the field. He also knows how to make plays on the ball without committing a penalty, something too many NFL CB's can't seem to figure out. I like Dennard too, a lot, I just like Fuller a little more.

jetsfan14
jetsfan14

I could see them taking two CB's--first, second or third round and 5th or 6th round. I like Dennard in the first, if he falls to them at 18. I also like the idea of trading down in the round and taking Verrett. Everyone seems to be assuming that he can't play outside because of his size--but the very next thing they say is "he plays bigger than his size". He has tremendous ball skills and a great vertical leap. If we wait until the 2nd or 3rd round, I like Roby (2nd) and Baptiste (3rd). If Purifoy or Breeland are available in the 5th, I would go for either one of them. 


You can never have too many corners--especially when Milliner and Patterson have a history of getting injured. And Wilson is a free agent after this year. It will be interesting to see how much interest the Jets have in signing him. He never quite lived up to the hype of being a 1st round pick, but he has developed into a dependable inside CB.

WW85
WW85

Anybody watching Derek Carr on Gruden football camp?  Impressive QB & man. Calls his own plays.  Maybe Cleveland will try to trade up with us to get him.

Lloyd Jay Reife
Lloyd Jay Reife

If our offense isn't  100% better, we'll need the '85 Bears  defense to help us.  

Still wondering why Idzik didn't pursue a corner  in FA?   

Kyle Ely
Kyle Ely

After watching the Mets last night I just want to cry and hug the Jets and never let them go

Hazard2012
Hazard2012

I don't think Jets will go CB in the first.   Even top-rated CB's in this draft will likely have minimal immediate impact due to learning curve, and the depth of talent at the position in this draft says they can land a quality corner in the third or fourth round and don't need to spend a top pick to get one.   


Suspect they want an immediate impact player in the first..a WR to pair with Decker, a TE to bring another dimension to the O, or, my sleeper if Evans, Cooks, ODJ and Ebron are all gone, a big fatty like Lewan or Zack Martin, and perhaps even Su'a Filo.    


Any of these guys are instant starters, even with a rookie learning curve, and will probably be more productive sooner than even a Gilbert or Dennard.      


jdb4
jdb4

I'm really feeling the Phillip Gaines pick.


Fans and the media would absolutely lose thier minds but it wouldn't shock me if the first three picks of the Jets were:


Calvin Pryor, Phillip Gaines, Jarvis Landry.

WW85
WW85

Cimini's take on Kyle Fuller from today:

@RichCimini: I'd put Kyle Fuller in the mix, for sure. I don't know this for sure, but it wouldn't surprise me if the Jets have Fuller rated ahead of Justin Gilbert. He'd be a better scheme fit because of his ability to play every discipline at cornerback -- man, zone, press, off, etc. Gilbert is a brilliant athlete, but he lacks toughness. Personally, I think corner is a bigger need than receiver, but it's really hard to say how they have them stacked up on the board. It could very well come down to a choice between Gilbert, Fuller, Odell Beckham Jr. and Brandin Cooks. Tough call.

juunit
juunit

No love for Fuller, the guy I've been talking about this whole time. 


Man, either the world loves to spite me by constantly ignoring the guys I always talk about during the draft or my eyes are made of different material than everyone elses'.

Zartan
Zartan

Why so much love for Dennard? Dudes an NFL safety. He can get physical all he wants at the next level, he may see himself beat more than Milliner.

a57se
a57se

I hope we take the best WR on the board at18 then trade up to the top of the second for the best CB left on the board........after that, all will be gravy!

harold
harold

We have 3 starting caliber CB's. Not elite but 3 starting level players (Milliner, Patterson, Wilson) and potentially 3 more to be groomed (Lankster, Walls, Dowling). Bassett is definitely overstating our need for a Cb.

bradysucks
bradysucks

There's a rumor Marquise Lee could fall to the 2nd round....I hope the Jets don't draft a CB in round 1 but if they do the dream scenario would be getting Lee somewhere in round 2 (even if they have to trade up a few spots)

Tequila Joe
Tequila Joe

@nickballs  I definitely was a defensive back in the first (Pryor, Gilbert, Dennard or J. Ward). If none of these players are available then it has to be BPA...TE, WR, O-Line, CB etcetera...Whoever is at the top of their board I'll be cool with.

Tequila Joe
Tequila Joe

@ny12jets  Don't fill yourself up on fuller. I think he will be a good corner in this league but for team that plays off-man....Otherwise I'd love the Jets to draft him and make him a safety...

j_spikett
j_spikett

@dobermite  if you are right. then he probably won't be there when the jets pick.

dobermite
dobermite

Mt favorite of the Tier 2 Corners is Pierre Desir. Good size and speed and he might be the best ballhawk of any CB in this draft. If we don't draft a Corner in RD 1, Desir is the guy I'm hoping for. 

Brendan
Brendan

@WW85  That would be an ideal scenario, I think. 

Hazard2012
Hazard2012

@Lloyd Jay Reife  


The 85 Bears or 2000 Ravens...and curiously Rex has links to both.  


Idzik did pursue CB's in FAcy, but he had narrow parameters of who and how much and couldn't seal the deal.  So be it.  That ship has sailed.      


Fortunately, the O should be very much better this year.   Decker and CJ get the ball rolling, as does Vick, even if he doesn't start.   Gotta think Geno will be better, we'll see by how much. 


Now add another top quality WR, one of the top four TE's, and a dynamic play-maker like DAT or Dri Archer on both O and ST in this draft and you have the makings of a formidable offense.    I'd like to bolster the OL, as well, but the priority is to acquire weapons.   

bradysucks
bradysucks

@jdb4  


I would be so happy if the Jets drafted Jarvis Landry


jetsfan14
jetsfan14

@WW85  


Fuller is another guy I could see trading back in round 1 for--a bit of a reach at #18, but he'll probably be there 5 or 10 picks later. And if we could pick up another 2nd or 3rd round pick to make the move, I'd do it.

WW85
WW85

@juunit  Where is Fuller? The guy is probably the most versatile of all the CBs.

Lloyd Jay Reife
Lloyd Jay Reife

@a57se   If this draft is allegedly so  "WR rich",  we should get the best corner in the first, and a WR in the second.

Marvel
Marvel

@a57se  

strongly disagree. WE would be sacrificing depth for the opportunity to snag a CB that will more than likely need a year to get his feet wet, as would a CB at 49 or later.

 Say it takes 2,3, and 4 to move up. Hypotheticaly speaking, would you be willing to trade, Niklas, McGill and Archer for Roby?  (feel free to switch all the players and make your own scenario )


I see no reason to trade up.



bklyndude
bklyndude

@harold  

If Rex played more Cover 2 they would be fine.   But because Rex doesn't give his CB's a lot of help and teams try to exploit his defense with quick passes,  he needs a certain type of CB to let the DL do it's thing.

That's why when Cro was playing off the WR's last year and bit on the first move he got beat deep often.  It took Milliner most of the season to start playing the way Rex wanted and Milliner has big time ability.

dabronx
dabronx

@harold  I was thinking the same thing the other day. Kyle Wilson did a decent job as a No2 the year Revis went down. Even if a CB from this years draft doesn't start this year, our CB situation is far from week. Though, Rex's dream style defense falls apart pretty quickly without good press corners. 

marcus81
marcus81

@bradysucks I can almost bet Lee will not fall to the second round, he's not going to be this year s Geno Smith

jdb4
jdb4

@bradysucks If he did the Jets would have to move up in the second to snag him.

williamg1
williamg1

@bradysucks  Getting Dennard and Lee in the first two rounds would be pretty sweet. 

Lloyd Jay Reife
Lloyd Jay Reife

@Hazard2012    Good post!

I am a bit worried about our CB situation.  Milliner ended the season on a good trend, but we'll have to see if it continues, and who we draft.   Knowing Cro was a goner, they should have tended to his replacement  unless Idzik has something up his sleeve.

WW85
WW85

@jetsfan14 I'm open to trading back as well.  We'd probably pick up a 3rd

juunit
juunit

@WW85 @juunit 

Even with the injury shortening his season, I honestly believe there's a good chance he's the first CB taken. 

a57se
a57se

@Lloyd Jay Reife

Your logic is incorrect.

It is a deep WR class but there are only a handful of top prospects and they will be LONG GONE by the time our 2nd round pick rolls around.

a57se
a57se

@Marvel @a57se 

It won't take that much to do what I am thinking but it may not happen simply because you can't presume another team will trade back.

Zartan
Zartan

You forget about Walls. Walls looked like the best cover corner we had (last season). Darin remind mr of a Rookie Revis, great recovery and all the effort. Sure Walls gave up some catches but the potential was there.

Btw, you guys can hate on Hill all you want but the many times I lost my marbles because he was not looked at when open...... I don't care if he would have dropped the ball, you hit the open man then hope for the best. I mean, I understand if they threw him the ball and he dropped or flat out mafe no effort but to look at stats and games with no catches and to get at him, when Bent broke down that he was open.... clownery.

Hazard2012
Hazard2012

@Lloyd Jay Reife @Hazard2012  


I personally would have signed one of the top CB's in FAcy...so I didn't have another huge hole to fill.   I'm not enthused about the secondary as a whole.   Lots of question marks.  Many feel they're equal to the task, but I have serious doubts.   


They should be good enough to hold the fort until help arrives, however; especially if we get an edge rusher in this draft.   That will take a little of the pressure off some of the coverage issues.  

juunit
juunit

@bradysucks @juunit@WW85 

He wasn't asked to do it a lot. But he's very physical, they had him play a hybrid run-stopping LB role on occasion. I don't think he'd have any problem with it. 

bradysucks
bradysucks

@juunit @WW85  


Is Fuller  a guy who can play press coverage.?? I heard this is not his strength

a57se
a57se

@Lloyd Jay Reife  

Let me correct myself....your logic is sound IF the Quality of WR's ready to step into the NFL were deep. That isn't the case. There are 13 early entry WR's in the top 15 while the CB's only have 3 early entry prospects in the top 15......the CB class is a more experienced bunch and the experience goes pretty deep in this class.

The WR's are deep but in projects........


Brendan
Brendan

@a57se Which position is deeper? WR. 


Both positions have "a handful of top prospects," but you can get a starting-quality prospect at WR later in the draft, which makes Lloyd's logic sound. 

will898
will898

Hill really got a raw deal being drafted by the Jets. For a raw talent, he had to endure a 2012 Sanchez and 2013 Smith. Wonder what his career would have been if he got drafted by the Pats, Broncos, NO, or GB?