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2014 NFL Draft: Top 5 Cornerbacks the New York Jets Should Target

2014 NFL Draft: Top 5 Cornerbacks the New York Jets Should Target

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Cornerback became a major problem for the Jets last season, and they are now left with a gaping hole opposite Dee Milliner. The Jets have to target a corner early in this draft, and it must be one that can handle the requirements of the press man coverage the Jets almost exclusively play. There are a lot of good corners in the draft, and although these are not the top five, each is a good fit and would make a lot sense for the Jets.

5. Marcus Roberson

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5. Marcus Roberson

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Marcus Roberson would be an upside play for the Jets. He had a solid career at Florida and has all the physical tools you look for, but injuries and inconsistency have plagued him and hurt his draft stock. Roberson is going to go in the second or third round, and he is a medium risk, high reward type of player. If the Jets are willing to be patient, he could pay off.

4. Pierre Desir

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4. Pierre Desir

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Pierre Desir is a very intriguing prospect out of Division II Lindenwood, and NFL scouts love his potential. Desir is a big, athletic corner with outstanding natural ball skills. He is a little raw as far as technique goes, but he is certainly most comfortable in press coverage. Desir is a bit of project and he will certainly need time to adjust to the NFL, but he could be a home run in the third round.

3. Stanley Jean-Baptiste

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3. Stanley Jean-Baptiste

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Stanley Jean-Baptiste is one of the players whose draft stock is benefiting from the success of the Seattle Seahawks big, physical secondary. Jean-Baptiste is huge for a corner at 6’3”, 218 lbs, and he loves to play the press coverage that Rex Ryan requires from his corners. He is a second round prospect, and he would make a ton of sense for the Jets if they go receiver in the first round.

2. Justin Gilbert

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2. Justin Gilbert

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If you were to design the prototype corner, he would look a lot like Justin Gilbert. Gilbert is clearly the best athlete among corners in the draft, checking in at 6’0”, 202 lbs with a 4.37 40 time. He has arguably the best hands of any corner in the draft, and has very fluid and natural coverage skills. Consistency and focus are his biggest problems, but those can be fixed in the NFL. If he slides, the Jets are likely to be very interested.

1. Darqueze Dennard

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1. Darqueze Dennard

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Although Gilbert is the prototype corner, I’m not sure you could design one who fits better with the Jets than Dennard. Dennard is exceptionally physical and thrives in press man coverage, and he has no issues playing on the island the Jets often stick their corners on. He is not an elite athlete, but he is a good one with strong ball skills. Dennard is a perfect match for the Jets, and it's hard to seem them passing on him at No. 18.