#2- Antonio Cromartie
Cromartie, at age 28 (yeah only 28), should have a big year defensively for the Jets in 2012. Cro has been known to be inconsistent at times, but thatʼs not really a rare trait for the position. Cornerback is argueably the hardest position to play on defense, with the NFL favoring the passing game nowadays. Unless your name is Darrelle Revis. But if you remove Revis from the picture, you can say that Cro is a pretty darn good #1 corner. Kyle Wilson may be able to hold his own on the other side, but depth would be a huge issue in this scenario. However, the point is, that if Cromartie were on another team, heʼd likely be a #1 cornerback on the depth chart. To have that compliment on the other side of Revis on game day is a great advantage for the Jets.
Jets fans get sick and tired of Cromartie, with his inconsistent play (and # of kids), but when you sit back at look at the statistics, you’ve got to be pumped for Cro to make a difference this year. Thejetsblog.com analysis of Pro Football Focusʼs info on Cro nails it:
He held opposing QB’s, in fact, to a completion percentage of only 46%, which placed him in the top 10 of the 109 qualifying CB’s, and his QB rating against of only 72.8 was better than the likes of Champ Bailey and Cortland Finnegan, who earned a large free agent deal this offseason. The low completion percentage must be taken with a grain of salt, since Cromartie plays almost exclusively on the outside, but it’s safe to say that the guy can cover. In 2010, Cromartie was 36th out of 100 qualifiers for coverage, but a negative penalty mark again pulled down his overall grade.”
Do you agree with the rankings so far?
Check back tomorrow, to see who the #1 under-the-radar Jets player is- that will have a breakout year!