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New York Jets Prospects: CB Darqueze Dennard


Darqueze Dennard – CB – Michigan State Spartans

-Height: 5’11″

-Weight: 199 lbs.

-Senior

Strengths:

  • Physical Defender; will give receivers a tough time once the ball is snapped
  • Has great speed and acceleration; helps him turn and stay with man
  • Solid tackler; can stop potential big-gains
  • Can locate the ball and read routes well
  • Ideal frame for a CB; broad shoulders

Weaknesses:

  • An average athlete, does lose receivers downfield at times.
  • Good hands, but not great. Does drop potential interceptions.

Analysis:

After getting releasing Antonio Cromartie and failing to sign Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, the New York Jets are desperate for a cornerback. Currently, their cornerbacks are Dee Milliner and Kyle Wilson; although Milliner is a solid cornerback, they need someone like Dennard – who could become a quality starter at the cornerback position – alongside him. He has great vision while on the field and will be physical with the wide receiver the entire play. If he could fall to the Jets at the 18th overall pick, Dennard would be a great selection – especially with the dire need at that position.

Projections: Top 20 Pick

How would you guys feel if the Jets decided to go cornerback in the first round?  Sound off in the comments below.

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  • Paul Newbold

    Nah, I think they still go offense likely WR, and a CB in the second. Luckily for the Jets, the draft is fairly deep here as well. Value will be available in the second round…..but is there a plug in starter there? By many mocks, he’s gone before the Jets take the podium. Its a tough call, I’m hoping they can find a veteran to mentor, between now and camp. We have a good supply of picks…would Idzik consider trading for a CB? Its going to be interesting watching this unfold.

    • Charlie DiSturco

      Yea it is a tough call @Paul. I think Idzik is being too patient and screwed up because of that..

  • Sheafan

    Please not another 1st rounder on a DB or defense!!! Our offense can’t get out of it’s own way. Maybe the reason Ryan’s defense is rated high is because all of the prime picks go to the defense… Thank God for Marty; but our offense stinks! Average line, crappy tight ends, crappy receivers except for Decker, average backs and the jury is still out regarding our QB situation… We DO NOT need to spend another first round pick on defense especially a DB!!! This is why the fan base was so pissed when Idzik let ARC go to the Giants and his Pollyanna approach going after other quality DB’s! Idzik should have been slightly more aggressive. I can fully understand why we didn’t go after Revis; a great player but he wants to renegotiate his contract every season holding the front office over the barrel; all about him not the team. The fans say this coming why didn’t Idzik? We have been hearing be patient for many years. The Jets Brass should not be so cocky and should actually listen to what the fans are saying for once; some of us actually played or coached football and know the game! It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that the Jets don’t have a clue at times! Anyway… Please draft for the best players on the board; let’s load up on offensive this year and give Marty something to work with!

    • Paul Newbold

      I agree the Jets need offensive weapons. I thought they would grab two veterans for the WR group via free agency, but they only grabbed one in Decker. They easily could have had another talent in place, but seemingly got cheap. Then there was the opportunity to address the secondary, a unit that struggled last season, and then lost their #1 corner! Nothing got done…nothing! The failure to grab a veteran at the position leaves them two options, grab a corner in the first or second to start opposite Milliner (not ideal by any means), or find a veteran via trade to man the position and pick one in the mid rounds. Offensive is a priority, but the Jets created the CB dilemma. You can’t win no matter how good your offense is, if opposing QB’s are feasting on your secondary…just ask Denver!

      • Charlie DiSturco

        Paul, I totally agree. And Dee Milliner wasn’t even that great until the 15th game of the season (I believe). If we spend another first round pick on Dennard, we might have the same problem. Then entering the year, we are struggling on defense. By not signing Rodgers-Cromartie or resigning Cromartie, we are setting ourself up for an implosion on defense against the passing game.

    • Charlie DiSturco

      Sheafan I agree. However, I’m just showing a route the Jets might go. We screwed up in the offseason with CBs and they might need to make up for it with a draft pick. I think we should go WR first and then later take a CB who is a lower risk — we saw what happened with Milliner (wasn’t good until about the 15th game).