Jets add Strait in third round

While third round pick Derrick Strait doesn't have great speed, he does have a lot of other things going for him.

Like first round pick Jonathan Vilma, Strait has excellent instincts. His feel for the game helps him make up for his lack of ideal speed. Another factor that helps him make up for his lack of speed is excellent quickness.

Strait is considered a better fit for zone coverage than man-to-man. While the Jets will be putting in more man-to-man this year under new coordinator Donnie Henderson, they will still use quite of bit of the Cover Two zone.

"He has excellent awareness and ball skills," said ESPN's Mel Kiper. "In the right coverage, he has a chance to really get the job done."

Due to the injury to Jamie Henderson, the Jets need a young developmental cornerback, who can play in nickel and dime situations, and Strait is an excellent candidate to fill that role.

Scouting report from draft expert - John Murphy -

Excellent value pick... would have taken him in the second round... aggressive defender... has average straight-line speed... above average tackler... great instincts and experience... will fight receivers for the ball... should challenge for a starting position within the next two years... the type of player that should thrive under the coaching of Herman Edwards... Jets could not have asked for a better day one than Vilma (LB) and Strait (CB) without having to deal any picks to make that happen.


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