The NY Jets are expected to be in the safety market this offseason with Lamarcus Joyner set to be a free agent and Jordan Whitehead coming off a disappointing first year in New York.
While the Jets' defense flourished in 2022, the performance of the team's two safeties left a lot to be desired. Many expect the Jets to address the position in free agency, but they could also turn to the 2023 NFL Draft for answers.
The Jets are doing their due diligence on many of the top safeties in this year's class, and that includes a number of formal visits with prospects at the NFL Combine.
From potential first-round targets to mid-round talents, let's take a look at five safety prospects the Jets have already met with at this year's Combine.
5. The NY Jets met with Penn State safety Ji'Ayir Brown
A New Jersey native who went to school at Penn State, Ji'Ayir Brown had formal visits with both the Jets and Giants at the NFL Combine. Perhaps a hometown reunion could be in order.
Brown is an older prospect, already at 23 years old, but he's a multi-time All-Big Ten selection who was named the Defensive MVP of this year's Rose Bowl. Brown plays with a hot motor and provides excellent positional versatility.
The Penn State standout is an explosive athlete with impressive straight-line speed, but his inconsistencies as a tackler could hold him back at the next level.
Brown projects as a likely Day 3 selection who could be molded into a starter by year two or three. His lack of natural instincts and subpar tackling ability should keep him off the field early in his career.