It's no secret that the Jets secondary has been a contentious issue this off-season. With the whole Dimitri Patterson incident, the injuries to Milliner and Douglas and then the conversion of Antonio Allen from safety to corner. We know that Rex Ryan loves corners, we also know the Jets don't possess a great deal of talent at the position, so it's logical to put those two together and imagine the Jets selecting a corner early in the 2015 NFL draft. So if you're thinking like I'm thinking, you probably want a few players to watch. So I'm going all out corner today with four top guys:
Ifo Ekpre Olomu - Oregon Ducks, Cornerback
If Olomu entered the 2014 NFL draft, he would have been a first round selection, there is absolutely no doubt about that in my mind. He plays some corner, he plays some safety and he brings a physical intensity to both positions. He has it all, he is smooth with good hips, he's one of the best tacklers in college football and he's fast and physical. If you are going to copy the way Seattle has set up their defense, you are going to watch a guy like Olomu. He's only 5'10 but he plays a lot bigger, using his hands in press coverage or his positioning and awareness when playing off. He really is a fantastic player and one to watch out for in the 2015 NFL Draft, I wouldn't be surprised if he was the first corner off the board.
P.J Williams - Florida State, Cornerback
Last years BCS National Championship MVP has had a hamstring problem to start the season. The one aspect to P.J's game that I love is his length and athleticism, he really looks like a smooth athlete and he gets his hands in to plays to disrupt the passing game. Combine that with his excellent speed to turn and run with any receiver and it's not hard to see why so many people are so high on Williams. He's another college corner who is comfortable playing press or off coverage and he's even seen time in the slot. Florida State have a bye week this week, so hopefully this will allow Williams time to recover from that hamstring injury as I really want to see him out on the field because I think he could be a very special talent.
Ronald Darby - Florida State, Cornerback
It's very unusual for a college team to have a pair of outstanding corners, but with the recruiting effort of Florida State over the past few years, if it was going to be anyone, it would be them, and it is. Ronald Darby is a fantastic athlete who often plays one-on-one coverage with little safety help over the top, that's how much faith they have in his coverage ability, even when playing against elite receivers.He was ACC defensive rookie of the year a couple of years ago as he played second fiddle to Xavier Rhodes and Nick Waisome. Personally I think Williams is the better player, but there really isn't a lot to separate them and if they put it all together, they both have the skill-set to be first round picks. That's a good question, how many times have two corners from one school been taken in the first round of the NFL Draft?
Alex Carter - Stanford, Cornerback
I was having a chat to a few friends about the next line of corners, all of them are very knowledgeable on college football but not one of them mentioned Alex Carter which absolutely stunned me. This guy is a legitimate talent, because he may well be the most rounded player on this list. However If I were asked for one word to describe Carter it would be instincts, he knows where the ball is going and he makes an excellent break. Not to mention his ability to come up and support the run, he is probably the most willing run defender on this list. He really knows how to use his body and like most Stanford prospects, he has the technique down to an art. I haven't seen all that much of him this season, but will be looking out for him any time I get the chance to watch Stanford.