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Cornerback Draft Preview: Who's After Jeff Okudah? 


The Jets officially have five cornerbacks on their roster — Pierre Desir, Brian Poole, Bless Austin, Nate Hairston and Kyron Brown. They've also reportedly agreed to terms with Arthur Maulet, who started six games for the Green & White last season. The club let go of their opening-day boundary starters from 2019 — Trumaine Johnson and Darryl Roberts — and it seems likely the Jets will add to the position through the draft.

Ohio State's Jeff Okudah is the consensus top corner in the class, a potential top-5 pick and has been projected as early as No. 3 to the Lions in mock drafts. Okudah was a one-year starter for the Buckeyes and registered 3 INT this past season in addition to 9 PDs, 2 FF and 34 tackles, earning first-team All-American, fist-team All-Big-Ten and Jim Thorpe Award finalist honors.

C.J. Henderson is another popular first-round name, but the No. 11 pick may be too rich for the Florida product, according to some draft pundits. Henderson, however, has been linked to the Jets in certain mock drafts. The 6'1", 204-pounder led the Florida Gators with 11 PDs this past season and earned first-team All-SEC honors. The Miami native ran a blazing 4.39 40-yard dash at the combine.

After Okudah and Henderson, there are a cluster of corners whose names could be called. Below is a list of six prospects who could be selected in the first two days of the NFL Draft:

Trevon Diggs, Alabama (6'1", 205) — The younger brother of Bills WR Stefon Diggs, Trevon was a four-star high-school recruit and the No. 1 wideout in Maryland, according to Scout.com. He started as a two-way player when he arrived in Tuscaloosa in 2016 before transitioning to defense. Diggs became a full-time starter in 2018 and recorded 20 TKL, 1 INT and 6 PD in six games before breaking his foot. He earned second-team All-SEC honors this past season, starting 12 contests, intercepting 3 passes and tying for the team lead with 8 PD.

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Jeff Gladney, TCU (5'10", 191) — Gladney earned first-team All-Big 12 honors this past season with 31 tackles, 1 INT and a conference-high 14 PDs in 12 starts. The Athletic's Dane Brugler referred to the New Boston, TX native as a "junkyard dog" because of the competitive nature he plays with. He totaled 146 tackles, 5 INT and 37 PDs in four seasons for the Horned Frogs.

Kristian Fulton, LSU (6'0", 197) — Fulton, a two-year starter for the Tigers, posted 38 tackles, 1 INT and a team-high 14 PDs during LSU's national title run. The New Orleans native tallied 25 TKL, 1 INT and 9 PD in 2018, but missed the final three games with an ankle injury.

Jaylon Johnson, Utah (6'0", 193) — Johnson earned second-team All-American and first-team Pac-12 honors in 2019, totaling 36 tackles, 2 INT and a team-high 11 PDs. He played through a torn labrum this past season and NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported Johnson had surgery scheduled March 4 following the NFL Scouting Combine and will be ready for his rookie season after an estimated five-month recovery. Johnson, a business major, maintained a 3.6 GPA to earn Pac-12 All-Academic honors twice in addition to his work on the football field.

A.J. Terrell, Clemson (6'1", 195) — Terrell, a former top-15 overall recruit, was a two-year starter for the Tigers. The Atlanta, GA native started all 15 games in 2018 during Clemson's national championship run and posted 54 TKL, 7 PD, 3 INT and 2 FF. His third and final interception came against Alabama in the championship game, picking off Tua Tagovailoa and scoring. Terrell started all 15 games again this past season and totaled 37 TKL, 6 PD and 2 INT.

Noah Igbinoghene, Auburn (5'10", 198) — The son of two Olympic track athletes, Igbinoghene broke the Alabama state record in the triple jump in high school. The Trussville, AL native began his football career as a WR and was a top-25 recruit at the position. He became the Tigers' primary kick returner in 2017 and moved to the defensive side of the ball in 2018. This past season, Igbinoghene started all 13 games and recorded 42 TKL and 7 PD in addition to averaging 35.2 yards per kick return.

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