6 players the NY Jets can trade before or during the 2023 NFL Draft
By Justin Fried
3. Bryce Hall, CB, NY Jets
The Jets arguably have the deepest and most talented cornerback room in the NFL. Sauce Gardner is coming off a rookie season in which he very well might have been the best cornerback in football.
D.J. Reed, while often overshadowed by his position-mate, put together a career year and could very easily be a CB1 on most other rosters. Then there's Michael Carter II, who has established himself as one of the better slot cornerbacks in the league.
The Jets' newfound cornerback success in 2022 was great news for the team's defense but not so much for the incumbent starters from the year prior. No player saw his role diminish more than Bryce Hall.
Hall was the Jets' de facto No. 1 cornerback in 2021, and while he clearly wasn't a true top cornerback, he more than held his own in a starting role.
He finished second in the NFL in passes defended behind only Marshon Lattimore, while his 64.5 Pro Football Focus coverage grade ranked 18th among cornerbacks to play at least 80 percent of their team's defensive snaps. He was a starting-caliber player.
Unfortunately, the additions of Gardner and Reed plummeted him down the depth chart. His inability to play special teams rendered him a healthy scratch for almost the entire season. Hall played just 15 defensive snaps all season after playing nearly 1,200 the year prior.
The Jets kept Hall around for depth last season, and they could opt to do the same this year. However, his $2.8 million cap hit is probably more than they're willing to pay for a player they don't even expect to be active on game days.
The Jets should be able to get something for Hall, even with him entering the final year of his rookie contract. He's still very much a realistic trade candidate.