The New York Jets have multiple needs heading into the 2019 NFL Draft, but the cornerback position is the most overlooked of them all.
There’s a reason the New York Jets have the No. 3 pick in the 2019 NFL Draft; they were really bad last year.
So please excuse my bad impression of Captain Obvious here, but the Jets have a ton of needs to address.
- Over the last three years, the Jets have been ranked in the bottom half in sacks, ranking no higher than 16th and no lower than 29th. The last time the Jets had an edge rusher that opponents had to fear was John Abraham. He last played for the Jets in 2005.
- Offensive line
- Both Kelvin Beachum and Brandon Shell are entering the last years of their respective deals. Shell is coming off a serious injury that could prohibit his ability to return by training camp. Meanwhile, Beachum will be 30 by the start of the 2019 season.
- Brian Winters and Kelechi Osemele should be a solid pairing at the guard spots on the inside if both can remain healthy. Although, depth is still an issue.
- The most glaring hole on the roster is arguably the most important. Currently, Jonotthan Harrison is slated to start and he impressed in the last several games of the season last year. But the Jets would be fooling themselves if they thought Harrison provides any sense of security.
On top of all of those needs, there is still one that isn't being discussed nearly enough: cornerback.
Now on the surface, the Jets backed up the Brinks truck to bring Trumaine Johnson to Gotham on a five-year, $72 million contract. But if we’re being honest, Trumaine struggled a ton last year with injuries and inconsistent play.
There’s renewed hope that Trumaine being reunited with “new” Jets’ defensive coordinator Gregg Williams will bring about a career renaissance.
Williams coached the Los Angeles Rams defense from 2014-16 which coincides with the most productive year of Trumaine’s career: seven interceptions, 71 tackles, and a touchdown.
But even if Gregg is able to work his Mr. Miyagi magic, the Jets have Darryl Roberts starting on the other side. No disrespect to Darryl, but the green and white don’t want him starting Week 1 vs the Buffalo Bills.
This week on The Manchild Show with Boy Green, I spoke with senior reporter and team insider for the New York Jets, Eric Allen, and he reiterated that the need at cornerback isn't being discussed enough.
“Then you talk about the cornerback position guys, I think the Jets are very happy with Darryl Roberts and they brought over Brian Poole from Atlanta who can play the nickel and also watch for Parry Nickerson. But the corner position is always somewhere you look to add. In the National Football League, you can never have enough cornerbacks.”
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If the Jets are going after a corner, it won’t happen with the third overall pick. While Greedy Williams is considered the No. 1 corner in this class, it doesn’t appear to be by a wide margin.
A perfect draft day scenario could have the Jets moving back a time or two to acquire that missing second-round pick and bolster the roster in every area of need we’ve already discussed. But the No. 1 need no one is talking about is corner and the Jets better walk away with some more pieces or else.