Analyzing how Jarrick Bernard-Converse fits into the NY Jets defense

NY Jets, Jarrick Bernard-Converse
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With the No. 204 overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft, the NY Jets selected defensive back Jarrick Bernard-Converse from LSU. Bernard-Converse played most of his collegiate career at Oklahoma State, and it wasn't until last year that he made the switch to LSU.

In his freshmen year back in 2018, he started each of the last nine games as a true freshman. Bernard-Converse ranked fifth on the team and led all other Oklahoma State freshmen with 59 tackles. He would record his first career interception.

Over the course of the next few seasons, Bernard-Converse would continue to shine. In his super senior season, this past season with LSU, Bernard-Converse played in 13 games with nine starts. He started seven games at cornerback and two at safety, finishing the season with 44 tackles, five passes defended, and two interceptions.

Bernard-Converse would also pick up an interception in the Citrus Bowl against Purdue en route to being named one of the game's MVPs. That said, how does he fit into the Jets' defense?

How does Jarrick Bernard-Converse fit into the NY Jets' defense?

Bernard-Converse will be coming into what is already arguably the best cornerback room in the entire league. Led by Sauce Gardner and D.J. Reed, the Jets cornerbacks consist of Michael Carter II, Brandin Eichols, Bryce Hall, Justin Hardee, Jimmy Moreland, and Craig James. However, the interesting part about Bernard-Converse's game is that he can also play safety.

This is a fantastic pick in more ways than one. The first one is that Bernard-Converse is an incredibly versatile player. He can easily play cornerback if the Jets need him to, but he very well could be playing a majority of his snaps at safety where the Jets need some help.

At safety, the Jets have Jordan Whitehead, Chuck Clark, Tony Adams, Ashtyn Davis, and Will Parks. This leaves Clark and Whitehead as the starters, with everything else wide open for the taking.

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Bernard-Converse could easily be the guy who secures one of the backup safety spots and eventually develops into a starter down the line.