2. Bryce Hall, CB, NY Jets
Following the surprising release of Blessuan Austin, as well as no Brian Poole on this year’s roster, the Jets look extremely inexperienced at the cornerback position.
In fact, second-year Bryce Hall now enters the 2021 season as the Jets ‘veteran’ at the position, despite being just 23-years-old.
Following an impressive start to his NFL career during the back end of 2020, Hall has a point to prove this year and build on his solid performances from last season.
The former fifth-round selection demonstrated incredible confidence and hunger for a young rookie with 33 tackles, three pass deflections, and an interception in just five games.
This summer, Hall ran for most of the summer as the No.1 cornerback on the Jets roster and has already made great impressions with the new coaching staff.
In fact, Connor Hughes of The Athletic referred to Hall as the player who impressed him the most on the Jets defense earlier this summer (aside from Carl Lawson) and believes he is primed to take a huge leap this season.
Elsewhere, with the Jets drafting three cornerbacks in this year’s NFL Draft, Hall will have a crucial role to play in helping the development of the young Jets secondary and prove himself against new competition.
We’ve only seen eight games worth of Hall in the NFL, so we do need to wait and see how he fares over the course of a whole regular season.
The Jets have had too many second-year players tail-off in performance levels after their rookie season. It is crucial that someone like Hall doesn’t fall into that category.
If he stays injury free, Hall is a prime candidate to have breakout year for the Jets in 2021.