In order to be able to boast about a true shutdown defense, you need top athletes at cornerback. There is no denying the impact a difference-maker at the position can contribute, especially in late football games. The New York Jets still have a few holes to fill in the defensive secondary and plan to address these gaps in the 2014 NFL Draft. One such player they already held a pre-draft visit with to see if he’s the fit they’re looking for is cornerback Kyle Fuller.
Fuller, projected to be a first-round draft pick, would be an ideal fit in the Jets’ man-to-man style of defense. He’s fast, hits hard and has great instincts when dropping back to cover. Many analysts predict Fuller could make an immediate impact on arrival given the circumstances of the team that drafts him. The Jets have done a major overhaul in the defensive backfield and are going to draft someone who’s ready to start immediately.
Head coach Rex Ryan has been expressing his desire to bolster the Jets’ defense by drafting plenty of defensive players who can turn this season around and get his team back into the NFL playoffs. It won’t happen if the Jets don’t have a strong defense, especially at the corners. This upcoming season, the Jets play top passing teams such as the San Diego Chargers, Denver Broncos and of course the New England Patriots. If the Jets can’t stop some of the premier offenses of the league, it’s going to be a long season.
Keep in mind Fuller has a knack for disrupting/batting down passes. While he doesn’t have the most interceptions like other high-profile cornerbacks, Fuller boasts the lowest completion percentage allowed by any defensive back in the BCS. That’s a pretty huge stat to have on your resume going into the draft.
The only thing to worry about with Fuller is his recent injury last year. He needed to get surgery for a sports hernia last November to help alleviate some of the pain while playing football. Aside from that, the Jets still love what they see in Fuller.