One of the most talked about units in college football last year was the Utah defense. They were one of the best units in college football and had 6 draft picks on that side of the ball in 2020. Joe Douglas has not been shy about trying to fix the Jets secondary and signed DB Javelin Guidry as a UDFA from Utah to help that cause…
Guidry was a two year starter at Utah where he was twice named an honorable mention to the All-Pac 12 team in 2018 and 2019. He is an exceptional athlete with track speed as he clocked in at 4.29 in the 40 at the combine. Guidry also put up an impressive 21 reps on the bench press as he has a compact frame 5’9, 193 pounds. He is a willing tackler and has the athletic traits to make for a sticky slot corner in the NFL. The most underwhelming part of his game is his ball skills as he only managed 3 INTs and 19 passes defense in 38 collegiate games.Guidry is better suited for man coverage then zone given his athletic profile and below average ball skills which makes him a fit for Gregg Williams scheme. He reminds me of Brian Poole coming out of Florida, who was also a great athlete but undersized and went undrafted as well. Poole blossomed under Williams this past year as one of the top slot corners in football.
Brian Poole is under a 1 year, 5 million contract this year and the Jets do not really have anyone behind who is proven. It is unknown if Brian Poole will be signed to a long term deal after 2020, as 2019 was an outlier for Poole compared to the first 3 years of his career.
If he repeats this performance it is unknown if Douglas will want to lock him down to a long term deal, as he will be 29 when the 2021 season happens or if he regresses back to the player, he was in Atlanta the Jets will be looking to upgrade the position. Guidry is raw and needs to refine his game but the athletic upside is appealing and I think he is a lock for the practice squad with an outside chance to make the roster. He is a project that if Gregg Williams can refine, could be nice find for Joe Douglas. Taking low risk swings on exceptional athletes from big time programs is a welcome site and something I hope will continue for Joe Douglas going forward.