Jets Cornerback Wish List

Darqueze Dennard | Michigan State

The New York Jets lost out one of their top cornerbacks this offseason and haven't exactly addressed the issue beyond the signing of Dimitri Patterson. Should the Jets draft a cornerback in the first round?

Cornerback may not have been envisioned to be a primary concern for the Jets before this offseason began but after the loss of Antonio Cromartie and several top-tier free agents the Jets are in the hunt for another cornerback to beef up the depth of the secondary. Luckily, the Jets have the draft to add some talent to the position. Realistically the Jets may not have the luxury of drafting a couple of the top tier cornerbacks in the first round because they are projected to fly off the draft board a few picks before them but stranger things have happened. Let's take a look at who should be on the Jets radar.

1.Darqueze Dennard:

Scouts say that he is the one and only complete corner in this draft. His 5-foot-11, 199 pound frame is well-balanced and controlled enough to bump receivers off the line and has strong enough hands to throw them off of their routes. He is able to stay stride-for-stride with straight-line speed and has the fluidity in his hips to stick with quicker receivers. He was a unanimous First-Team All-American last season and was able to grab four interceptions on top of 11 pass deflections and 68 total tackles. He would play alongside Dee Milliner to provide a sensational 1-2 cornerback tandem, and one of the youngest.

2. Justin Gilbert:

The Oklahoma State product may in fact be the most physically gifted athlete of the bunch but that doesn't automatically equate to greatness. Gilbert spent time in the coach's doghouse after relying too heavily on that physical talent. He has a similar body frame to Dennard (6-foot, 202 pounds) but has more explosiveness in breaking on a big play and has a bit more quickness than Denard. He is lacking in the run support area though and doesn't always do an excellent job of shedding blockers.

3. Kyle Fuller:

He could be a great value if he can be had in the second round. He missed the second part of the season after suffering a sports hernia injury during the second half of the season. He has been rising on a lot of different analysts draft boards and has gotten praise from Mike Mayock as being "fluid" and a good tackler. That kind of praise puts you on the Jets radar.

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