NY Jets: 5 players to target on Day 3 of the 2021 NFL Draft

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4. The NY Jets could target CB Robert Rochell

The Jets have failed to address the cornerback position to this point in the offseason. And with a current starting trio of Bryce Hall, Blessuan Austin, and Javelin Guidry, it’s easily the weakest position group on the roster.

Unfortunately, there was a run on cornerbacks toward the end of Round 3 leaving the Jets with fewer options than expected at this point. If they do target the position (as is expected) on Day 3, one guy who could pique their interest is Robert Rochell.

Rochell was a three-year starter at Central Arkansas developing into one of the best cornerbacks at the FCS level. At 5-foot-11, 193 pounds, Rochell has an excellent blend of speed and length and projects as a high-upside prospect in the NFL.

He’s admittedly a developmental project, but definitely someone worthy of an early-Day-3 selection.

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Rochell originally committed to Central Arkansas as a wide receiver before switching to the defensive side of the ball in his redshirt season. He’s long, quick, and twitchy which should allow him to match up against NFL receivers despite his lackluster level of competition in college.

On top of that, he proved himself to be quite the ballhawk at UCA intercepting a total of nine passes in 2018 and 2019 combined. With 38 career pass deflections and 10 interceptions, Rochell’s ball skills are notably excellent.

He’ll need some time to develop in the NFL and his lack of technical refinement could keep him off the field early in his career. But Joe Douglas has proven to like high-upside athletic freaks.

Rochell certainly fits the bill.

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