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NY Jets Mock Draft: 5 first-round targets for Gang Green

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5. NY Jets draft target: Andrew Booth Jr., CB, Clemson

The Jets opted to address the cornerback position on Day 3 of the 2021 NFL Draft adding three players total, two of which have earned starting roles in their rookie seasons.

General manager Joe Douglas has seemingly preferred to avoid using major assets on the cornerback position, but that could very well change in this year's draft.

With two first-round picks and a deep cornerback class, the Jets will have the opportunity to land a day-one playmaker at the position. One player they could target is Clemson's Andrew Booth Jr.

In our last article, we spoke a little about Florida's Kaiir Elam who is making a case to be CB1 in this class. Many of the same things said about Elam apply to Booth as well.

Booth has good size standing at 6-foot, 200 pounds and he combines that size with extraordinary length. He's physical enough to have the advantage in most jump-ball situations and fast enough to keep up with the speediest of wide receivers.

Few players can match the blend of size and athleticism that Booth offers, but where he is lacking is in experience. Booth entered the 2021 season with only four career starts and his inexperience shows on tape.

He tends to get a little overzealous when attempting to jump routes and needs to learn to be more patient. Booth relies on his athleticism a little too much — something that will need to be corrected at the NFL level.

But the talent is evident and Booth has a chance to be selected very early if he can continue to succeed in 2022.

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