Dee Milliner started to show promise towards the end of the season, shutting down Josh Gordon of the Cleveland Browns and Mike Wallace of the Miami Dolphins. They were basically ineffective, however those two performances doesn't mean anything because he needs to keep performing like that on a consistent basis. So why is he still the number one corner on the team?
The New York Jets drafted Dee Milliner because they expected him to be the long term solution at the corner back position to replace Darrelle Revis. He has the upside to be a top shutdown corner in the league. Coming out of of the University of Alabama, he was dominant. His speed, awareness, and play making ability made him worthy of the 9th pick. He is a physical corner who was able to shut down the top wide outs in the SEC. He will be the guy Rex Ryan counts on to match up against the likes of Calvin Johnson, Wes Welker, Mike Wallace, and others.
However, we cannot rely on the newly acquired Dimitri Patterson because he is injury prone, only playing 6 games last season for the Dolphins. Kyle Wilson's inconsistent play has labeled him as a slot corner and really hasn't thrived in that position either.
At least we have established wide receivers in Eric Decker and Jeremy Kerley. David Nelson stepped up his play last year and Jacoby Ford can use use his blazing speed to get open. The Jets do not need to address the wide receiver position in the first round because there are opportunities in later rounds to get a quality starter. They could get a Kelvin Benjamin or Davante Adams in the second round or even Donte Moncrief or Jarvis Landry in the third round. If the Jets do not pick a corner in the first round, there is a significant drop off in talent.
I like the Jets selecting Darqueeze Dennard with the 18th pick. He won the Jim Thorpe award for a reason and would be a great complement to Dee Milliner on the opposite side. Also we wouldn't throw Dennard into the fire right away, as he would be our No. 2 corner. He is physical on the line of scrimmage and has moderate speed. He is similar to Cortland Finnegan when he was with the Titans.
If we choose to go after a corner in the 2nd round, Kyle Fuller would would be the best option if he is available. He is an athletic play making corner, who has exceptional speed and breaks up plays.
Defensive back is a desperate need, especially for this upcoming season, which the Jets have to face the potent offenses of the Broncos, Packers, Patriots, and Lions. The schedule includes facing the top five of six offenses from 2013 and the only way to stop them is to have reliable corners. Darqueeze Dennard could be that reliable corner the Jets need.