3. The NY Jets should not target a cornerback early
Before you lose your mind and break your computer reading this, hear me out. Unless there is a top-three cornerback still available with the No. 23 pick, the Jets should wait to select a cornerback, although they desperately need one.
If you look at the best cornerbacks in the NFL, almost every one of them was a former first-round pick.
However, when you look at the 2021 NFL Draft, it’s quite possible that the best cornerbacks will be off the board by the time the Jets are picking.
Sure, many mock drafts have the Jets selecting Greg Newsome II with that pick, but personally, that wouldn’t be the wisest decision if there are still a few top-tier offensive linemen or pass-rushers available.
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This entire statement gets thrown out of the window though if Jaycee Horn is still available when the Jets make their second pick in the first round.
Horn is a world-class athlete and projects as a perennial Pro Bowl cornerback one day. At 6-foot-1, 205 pounds, Horn is an imposing defender and is incredibly aggressive.
His strength, size, and competitiveness are comparable to that of Richard Sherman, so if he’s still available, the team would be crazy not to select him.
Although the cornerback position is a need, it only makes sense if Horn is still available, because he’s a generational talent. The talent just isn’t there outside the top options.
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