2. Jalen Pitre, S, Baylor
After impressive performances at the Senior Bowl and testing environments (Combine/pro day), Jalen Pitre is firmly on the radar of NFL teams.
Versatility is a necessary trait for safeties in Robert Saleh’s defense. Despite an average frame, Pitre carried a significant load for Baylor’s defense and played multiple roles.
Pitre has the speed (4.44-second 40-yard dash) to close down on the ball and cover ground at every level in the passing game. He has also shown remarkable instincts and a nose for the football, netting two interceptions and seven pass breakups in coverage this past season.
A Jim Thorpe finalist (award given to the top defensive back in the country), Pitre was a menace at every level of the field, including the backfield. His 18.5 tackles for loss led the Big 12 and ranked seventh nationally (first among defensive backs).
Pitre has the necessary tools, football IQ, and toughness to complete the impressive overhaul of the Jets’ secondary.