Before the draft many people had the Jets taking a cornerback early, after cutting Antonio Cromartie people thought cornerback was a big need for the Jets. Sure, the Jets — and every team — could use more depth at corner but with Darrelle Revis, Buster Skrine and Marcus Williams no rookie was going to step in an crack the top three without an injury clearing the way.
But in the fourth-round the Jets took Juston Burris out of North Carolina State. Burris is 6'0" 212-pounds with 31 1/2" arms. He played in both the nickel and outside cornerback positions in college and is confident he can do both with the Jets, wherever they ask him to play he's ready to learn an play.
Burris played both as an off-corner and a press-corner in college, but the Jets drafted him for his ability to play press-man coverage. To use his length, play-recognition and quickness to disrupt receivers and with the Jets he will be able to learn from the best to ever do it in Revis. Burris will start as a backup along with Dexter McDougle and Dee Milliner but considering their own injury history Burris could play his way into the lineup in sub-packages or if one of the top three go down with an injury of their own.
One thing that will help Burris see the field more is his versatility. When the Jets are in a base 3-4 with only two corners on the field it will be Revis and Skrine, when they go to nickel Skrine will slide inside and Williams will take the outside spot opposite Revis. In dime packages that fourth corner spot is up for grabs if Burris can beat out McDougle. But Burris can also fill for Skrine as the nickel of Williams or Revis on the outside.
Checkout the video above to see what Burris had to say during rookie camp.
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