It’s never too early to look ahead to the next NFL draft. Here are three cornerback prospects New York Jets fans should keep their eye on throughout this year’s college football season.
Kristian Fulton, LSU
Fulton could have easily been a high draft pick in 2019, but returning to school might end up giving him the chance to be the top player selected at his position in 2020.
Listed at 6-0, 192 pounds, Fulton returns for his senior season as one of the top corner prospects in the nation, and a member of arguably the most feared and talented secondary in all of college football. His physical playing style frustrates opposing pass-catchers at both the line of scrimmage and the catch point, and his combination of instincts and ball skills make him a threat to take the ball away every time it comes near him.
Bryce Hall, Virginia
Another talented prospect who could have come off the board early in the 2019 draft, Hall also returns for his senior season with an opportunity to be the first corner off the board.
At 6-1, 200 pounds, Hall has the size and length NFL teams love at the position, and his skill set maximizes those physical tools. Hall is a smart cover man who loves to mix it up at the line of scrimmage, re-routing receivers where he wants them to go and forcing them to work for every reception. He’s exactly the kind of shutdown artist the Jets need on the outside.
CJ Henderson, Florida
The lone underclassman on our list, Henderson is one of the top junior corners in the nation, with the size, smarts and physical tools to be a No. 1 cover man at the next level.
Despite the Gators’ talented secondary, Henderson still managed to work his way into the starting lineup as a freshman, making five starts before being a full-time starter as a sophomore in 2018. He heads into his junior campaign with 18 starts under his belt already, and his 2018 numbers proved he can be a playmaker at every level of the field (two interceptions, nine pass breakups, five tackles for loss, two sacks, two forced fumbles).