During the 2021 NFL season, the NY Jets were faced with a lack of talent at many positions, but possibly none greater than the safety position.
Once Lamarcus Joyner and Marcus Maye went down with season-ending injuries, the team was left with an array of backups and practice squad players to fill the void.
The Jets were hoping that Ashtyn Davis would develop into a starting-caliber safety, but after two disappointing seasons, the former third-round draft pick out of California can at best be viewed as a special teams player and a back-of-the-roster depth piece.
In-season pickups Elijah Riley and Will Parks filled in admirably, but as far as starting quality NFL safeties go, they left a lot to be desired. Gang Green did a good job of upgrading the position in free agency by re-signing Joyner and adding a bonafide quality starter in former Jordan Whitehead.
With the uncertainty of just how well Joyner will be able to perform after missing virtually the entire 2021 NFL season combined with the remaining depth currently available, the Jets could still use another upgrade at the position.
Luckily for the Jets and general manager Joe Douglas, this year's NFL Draft has an abundance of talent to choose from. Former Notre Dame star Kyle Hamilton is tops on just about everybody's draft board and has even shown up on several mock drafts as a selection for the green and white in the first round.
However, if the Jets decide to go in a different direction in the first round, former Georgia standout Lewis Cine could be an attractive alternative as a high second-round draft pick if he's still available.
Let's take a deeper look at what Cine has already accomplished and what he might be able to bring to the table for the Jets.