Cornerback might be the top need for the Jets going into the 2022 NFL Draft. Currently, Bryce Hall is the team’s CB1, and while he is a solid player, he’s more of a CB2 or 3 for the long term. Much like the edge rusher class, the 2022 NFL Draft cornerback class has a trio of top ten players. The guy who stands out above the others is Derek Stingley Jr. from LSU.
Stingley has been a standout talent since his true freshman year in 2019. Stingley was the best defensive player on that national championship team and that has not changed in the last two years. Stingley suffered a season-ending injury, but is still the top guy at the position and is worthy of a top-5 selection.
The other two names to look out for are Clemson’s Andrew Booth and Florida’s Kaiir Elam. Booth is a special athlete at the position who excels in man coverage. However, the player that looks to fit the Jets defense the most is Kaiir Elam. Elam is a big-bodied corner who displays very good fluidity and great ball skills. Elam excels in zone coverage and will fit perfectly into the cover-3 defense that Robert Saleh likes to run.
Again, the Jets really can’t go wrong with drafting any of these players; they are all incredibly talented. If they want to select the most talented player at the position, expect it to be Stingley, but if they want to fit the player to their scheme, expect it to be Elam.