I first heard the name Travis Lee in January, during the College Gridiron Showcase, an event similar to the East-West shrine game that's held in Arlington Texas. I like to read reports on any all star game, and the more I read the more I realised that one name in particular kept popping up. Travis Lee was showcasing his skills and making a name for himself, he was described as cocky but athletic. He has long arms at 32" and at around 6 feet, he has the size for the position as well.
He reportedly times around the 4.45 mark in the 40 and he finished his senior season with 6 interceptions and 7 passes defended.
How much interest do the Jets have in Travis Lee? Enough interest to bring him in for a pre-draft visit. Tony Pauline mentioned it a while ago and we confirmed that it was true. There is a great article on New Era Scouting regarding Travis Lee and his game which you can read HERE
One of his quotes really impressed me though:
"I like to use the bait word. I like to bait the quarterback. I like to play possum with them. I like to make them think that I'm playing a different coverage, to disguise my coverage. They know that I'm more of a physical corner. I'd rather be physical. I'd rather get my hands on a receiver and disrupt his timing with his quarterback. I'll walk down sometimes in cover three making it seem like I'm in man or I'm up in press and I'll bail just trying to mess with the quarterback. I like to think of it like Tom and Jerry. You can never catch the mouse, but you always know where the mouse is. I like to use my knowledge to bait the quarterback."
There are a lot of cornerbacks in this league who make a living from baiting the QB into thinking he has an open lane, before closing that gap in a hurry. If he can do that effectively at the next level, he'll have a future at the position.
You can watch the highlight tapes HERE and let me know what you think in the comments. I want this to be more of a community scouting report.