4 cornerbacks the NY Jets could target in 2022 free agency

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3. The NY Jets could target Donte Jackson

Next up is Donte Jackson who, unlike King, would project as an immediate starter for Gang Green. Jackson was drafted 55th overall back in 2018 by Carolina. The LSU product had a strong rookie campaign, notching a solid PFF score of 65.0, nine pass deflections, and four interceptions.

Jackson had a bit of a sophomore slump before hitting his stride in 2020 when he recorded three interceptions, 11 pass deflections, and a 70.4 PFF score.

Last offseason, Carolina decided to go all-in at cornerback, drafting Jaycee Horn in the first round, trading for former first-rounder C.J. Henderson, and signing superstar Stephon Gilmore and talented veteran A.J. Bouye.

The Panthers used essentially all of their resources to address their cornerback corps, sending the message that Jackson is not pivotal to that defense.

Jackson recorded a low 61.3 PFF grade last season but would still be a plus asset for the Jets. He has always been solid in zone coverage, possesses blazing speed, and provides playmaking ability, having recorded 12 career interceptions.

At just 26-years-old, Jackson brings a mix of both veteran experience and potential to improve within Ulbrich’s system. PFF predicts a two-year, $20 million contract, which seems a little steep for a guy who has had just one pretty good season. Douglas should look to knock a few million off that deal if he wants to bring him in.  

Jackson is not the most talented cornerback, nor does he provide incredible value. But he would still be a solid signing at a position of great need and importance.