NY Jets bolstered their new-look secondary in the 2020 NFL Draft
By Alex Wendling
The NY Jets managed to bolster what will be a new-look secondary with their moves made this past weekend during the 2020 NFL Draft.
The NY Jets ended this past weekend’s 2020 NFL Draft picking two defensive backs out of their nine picks.
On top of that, they signed three more undrafted defensive backs just hours after the draft and acquired cornerback Quincy Wilson from the Indianapolis Colts in exchange for the Jets’ 211th overall pick in the sixth round.
The Jets added a lot of depth to a unit that ranked 16th in the NFL last season according to PFF’s rankings and that now features Jamal Adams, Marcus Maye, Blessuan Austin, and the newly-acquired Pierre Desir.
After losing Trumaine Johnson and Darryl Roberts (not exactly huge losses), one of the Jets’ biggest needs going into the draft was at the cornerback position and with the 68th pick in the third round, they selected Ashtyn Davis from Cal.
Davis is a safety but the Jets may opt to play him at the cornerback position this year. One of his biggest upsides coming out of college was that he’s a versatile defensive back in the secondary who can line up in a variety of spots.
Davis earned his scholarship for track and field but was a walk-on for the Cal football team. During his redshirt freshman year, Davis played the last three games at cornerback while also returning kicks for the Golden Bears where he co-led the FBS with 39 kicks returns for 826 yards.
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If Davis can come into training camp and prove that he can play cornerback in the NFL, this third-round pick can become a huge steal for the Jets.
Another notable defensive back the Jets acquired this past weekend was Bryce Hall from Virginia in the fifth round who was a standout cornerback in college but fell in the draft due to a brutal ankle injury he suffered in his junior year.
Hall was projected to be a high pick in last year’s draft and still has a lot of potential to succeed in the NFL and play a significant role in the Jets secondary.
The Jets also signed undrafted rookies Javelin Guidry from Utah, Shyheim Carter from Alabama, and Lamar Jackson from Nebraska — no not the quarterback. Finally, they acquired former second-round cornerback Quincy Wilson from the Colts in a draft-day trade.
The future is looking bright for a Jets secondary that could become one of the team’s strengths in the near future if all goes according to plan.