NY Jets Post-2021 NFL Draft State of the Roster: Cornerbacks

NY Jets, Bryce Hall
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NY Jets, Zane Lewis
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Zane Lewis, CB, NY Jets

Another undrafted cornerback from last year's 2020 class. Zane Lewis from Air Force is flying completely under the radar. The Jets picked Lewis up late in camp last summer, and he ended up spending time with the team, mostly on Gang Green's practice squad.

Playing in Lewis' favor is that the Jets have one of his former coaches on their staff in assistant defensive backs coach Chip Vaughn. Saleh retained Vaughn from last year's 2020 Jets staff, and it won't hurt Zane Lewis to have someone on the staff who is on his side.

The odds are heavily against Lewis making the 53-man roster, but it's not out of the realm of possibility that Lewis, who was a productive player in college, could end up on the practice squad of the Jets again. 

Elijah Campbell, CB, NY Jets

The Jets have a handful of players on their roster who have position flexibility, and Elijah Campbell, who signed on to the Jets' practice squad before making the team's active roster late last season, is one of them.

The Jets, because of injuries, moved Campbell to safety, a position he has played in the past, but he contributed mostly on special teams coverage units last year.

A standout FCS player with 4.30 speed, Campbell has had a unique pro football journey, which started with the Cleveland Browns before playing in both the AAF and XFL.

With the DC Defenders in 2020, Elijah Campbell was rated as the XFL's highest-graded cornerback by Pro Football Focus (88.8). 

Campbell has had a hard time finding a home as a pro football player, and his path to remain with the Jets' in 2021 will be just another in a long line of difficult challenges for him.

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Beating the odds is something that many of the Jets' young defensive backs will have to do to make this team when the season starts.