4. Is Bryce Hall a viable CB1 for the NY Jets?
The Jets were asking a lot of second-year cornerback Bryce Hall entering the 2021 season. A fifth-round pick the year prior, Hall was suddenly tasked with being the de facto CB1 in a historically inexperienced cornerback room.
The hope was that Hall would take the next step following a promising rookie season, but few could have expected him to perform at the level he has in 2021.
The former Virginia star has been a legitimate borderline CB1 this season with a Pro Football Focus coverage grade of 71.9 that ranks 26th out of all cornerbacks in the NFL.
He hasn't allowed more than 71 yards in a game this season and is allowing an average of just three catches for 36 yards per game. Hall has been one of the Jets' best overall players in an otherwise lackluster season.
It seems clear that the Jets have found a long-term starter in the former Day 3 pick, but just how high is his ceiling? Has he proven that he can be a viable CB1 for the Jets in 2022?
Based solely on his metrics, you could certainly make the argument that he's earned that right. Despite playing opposite the struggling Brandin Echols for much of the year, Hall has remained stout in coverage.
The final five games of the season will be a big test for Hall as he looks to continue building his case to be the Jets' top cornerback for the foreseeable future.
But if he struggles, the Jets might be forced to rethink how they attack the cornerback position this offseason, especially with a deep and talented class in next year's draft.