NY Jets trade for former second-round cornerback Quincy Wilson

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The NY Jets have officially traded their last pick of the 2020 NFL Draft in exchange for Indianapolis Colts cornerback Quincy Wilson.

The NY Jets have concluded their presence in the 2020 NFL Draft not with a draft pick, but with a trade. Gang Green shipped their final pick in the draft at 211th overall to the Indianapolis Colts in exchange for cornerback Quincy Wilson.

So who is Quincy Wilson?

Wilson was originally drafted in the second round by the Colts back in 2017 out of — you guessed it — Florida.

Just a small side note, that now makes a total of six former Florida Gators who will likely be on the Jets’ Week 1 roster come the fall and the third acquired in the last two days. Weird.

Regardless, Wilson was seen as a high-upside prospect coming out of college given his incredible length and physicality. The 23-year-old stands at 6-foot-2 and weighs in at 210 pounds — almost unheard of size for a cornerback.

His length allows him to contest 50/50 balls efficiently and maul opposing receivers at the line of scrimmage. A true press-man specialist, Wilson excels when playing near the line of scrimmage when he’s allowed to either get his hands on the receiver in front of him or on the running back in run support.

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However, there were serious concerns about his lack of speed.

Wilson ran a sluggish 4.54 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine and his play speed was even worse. The 2016 second-team All-SEC selection has stiff hips that limit his mobility allowing him to get burnt deep far too often.

He earned very respectable Pro Football Focus grades of 68.3 and 67.8 in 2017 and 2018 respectively before falling off a cliff with an absolutely abysmal 30.2 grade this past season.

After that blunder, the Colts were ready to move on.

The concerns are obvious with him, but Wilson is a perfect scheme fit in Gregg Williams’ defense and the hope is that the fiery defensive coordinator will be able to get the most out of him in a new defensive scheme.

After all, a change of scenery never hurts when a player is down on their luck.

A player of Wilson’s talent and pedigree was highly unlikely to have been acquired that late in the draft making this a low-risk, high-reward scenario that Jets fans should love.

Indianapolis decided it was time to move on, but Wilson could just be getting started with the Jets.

Wilson will join Pierre Desir and Nate Hairston as former Colts cornerbacks acquired by the Jets making for somewhat of a secondary reunion, so to speak.

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