The Jets’ needs on offense — namely offensive line and wide receiver — have gotten most of the attention in the lead-up to the draft, but cornerback is just as big of a hole.
The Jets cut both of their Week 1 starting cornerbacks last month when they said goodbye to Trumaine Johnson and Darryl Roberts. They signed Pierre Desir and brought back nickel corner Brian Poole and sometime 2019 starter Arthur Maulet, but the position still needs lots of help.
This position has been a problem for most of the last decade. The days of Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie are a long, long time ago. They have tried to solve it in the draft with Dee Milliner and Dexter McDougle. They have tried in free agency, giving Johnson a monster contract two years ago. Nothing has worked.
This year’s cornerback class feels like Jeff Okudah and everyone else. Okudah, the Ohio State star, is projected to be taken in the top three. If he somehow fell to 11, the Jets should pounce on him.