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NY Jets: 4 boom-or-bust targets in the 2021 NFL Draft

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4. NY Jets draft target: Tyson Campbell, CB, Georgia

Tyson Campbell looks like someone who should be a future All-Pro cornerback. He has prototypical size for the position — at 6-foot-1, 193 pounds — and he combines that with elite physical traits.

Campbell is long, physical, and can turn and run with any opposing wideout. He has the size and length needed to match up physically and the deep speed necessary to match up athletically.

So what’s missing? Simply put, Campbell lacks consistency and refinement.

The 21-year-old was inconsistent at the catch point showing poor ball-tracking skills that resulted in him giving up his fair share of big plays. He oftentimes found himself in the right position but was ultimately unable to make the play.

Campbell’s physical traits earned him a starting job as a true freshman at Georgia, a job he would hold on to for three years. But his tape over those three years is an absolute roller coaster.

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When he puts it all together, Campbell can look like one of the best cornerbacks in the country. But too often his lack of body control, patience, and awareness makes him look lost.

For that reason, he’s likely a Day 2 prospect who could develop into a future starter. Whatever team drafts him will have to bet on his ability to continue growing as a player.

If he does, that team could land the steal of the draft and a future All-Pro, lockdown cornerback. If not, he likely won’t remain in the NFL past his rookie contract.

Either way, patience will be required with Tyson Campbell. That goes for the Jets or any other team that drafts him.

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