NY Jets officially sign their first 2020 NFL Draft pick
By Justin Fried
The NY Jets have officially signed their first 2020 NFL Draft pick in cornerback Bryce Hall.
The NY Jets have waited over a month since the conclusion of the 2020 NFL Draft, but they’ve finally signed their first player from that draft class.
As first reported by ESPN’s Field Yates and Rich Cimini, the Jets agreed to terms with fifth-round pick Bryce Hall on a four-year, $3.6 million contract. And thus marks the first of nine dominos to fall.
The Jets have waited an unusually long amount of time to officially reach deals with their draft picks with pretty much every other team already well into signings.
In fact, the Jets’ rivals, the New England Patriots, have already signed all 10 of their selections in this year’s draft.
Nonetheless, the first player has been signed and it wouldn’t be surprising to see the Jets fire off a few contracts in rapid succession in the coming days now that their $11 million Trumaine Johnson cap relief has come in.
The NY Jets could have a steal on their hands in Bryce Hall.
As for Hall, the Virginia product is one of the more intriguing players in this year’s class given that he was a consensus late-Day 2/early-Day 3 pick based on talent alone. But a gruesome ankle injury suffered last season ultimately tanked his draft stock.
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And the uncertain nature regarding medicals for this year’s draft class certainly didn’t his cause.
Still, look for Hall to possibly make an immediate impact provided he’s 100 percent for the start of the season. The Jets’ cornerback group looks new and improved, but there’s still a good amount of volatility at the position.
There’s promise with each of the cornerbacks on the roster, but they’re all matched with similar question marks about their 2020 seasons. Hall fits right in amongst that bunch.
That said, the Jets did seem to find some luck selecting a Day 3 cornerback coming off a major injury in last year’s draft. While not sporting nearly the same extensive injury history, perhaps Hall could be this season’s Blessaun Austin in a sense.
Only time will tell.
But for now, the Jets have officially dipped their toes into the signing waters for their 2020 rookie class. Expect more deals to be reached in the near future.