Analyzing the NY Jets' most underrated need with possible free-agent targets

The Jets have built a stacked roster, but safety remains a glaring hole
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4. The NY Jets are converting former cornerback Isaiah Oliver to safety

Isaiah Oliver was one of the first signings of the offseason for the Jets indicating that he was a priority. Oliver overlapped with defensive coordinator Jeff Ulbrich in Atlanta before moving on to play in a similar scheme last season with the San Francisco 49ers.

A second-round pick in the 2018 draft, Oliver has not lived up to his draft pedigree, but that doesn't mean he hasn't been a solid role player as a reserve corner. While filing in for injuries last season, he managed to play 46% of defensive snaps (six starts) for a very good 49ers' defense.

At six-foot 202 pounds, Oliver has the size requisite to play safety. Over the past three seasons, he's posted a coverage grade of 70.9 or higher, per Pro Football Focus, suggesting that he has the coverage ability the Jets covet on the back end.

Still at this point with no professional experience at safety it's anybody's guess how well he'll perform. He is however an intriguing dart throw that could pay major dividends.

5. The young and unproven NY Jets safety duo of Jarrick Bernard-Converse and Jaylen Key

Jarrick Bernard-Converse, a sixth-round pick last year, and Jaylen Key, this year's Mr. Irrelevant round out the depth chart here.

Bernard-Converse was basically a redshirt last season so while he has some intriguing athleticism and experience at both safety and corner he's an unknown.

Key was the last pick of the seventh round for a reason. His most likely pathway to make the roster is as a special teams contributor rather than as an actual safety.

Still, there's a chance, no matter how slim, that the Jets might catch lightning in a bottle with one of these two youngsters.