New York Jets Draft CB Juston Burris In Fourth Round

Joe Caporoso on the New York Jets taking CB Juston Burris in the 4th round with the 118th overall pick

The New York Jets used the 118th overall pick in the 4th round of the 2016 NFL Draft on cornerback Juston Burris from NC State. This pick is not surprising considering the Jets desire to build their own homegrown talent at corner, a critical position in Todd Bowles’ defense and the lack of this regime’s long term faith in Dee Milliner and Dexter McDougle. Burris’ skill set is a logical fit and his scouting report will sound familiar to many about the types of corners Bowles likes on the outside…

Burris is a 6 foot 1, 212 pounds, runs a 4.53 forty yard dash. He was a 3 year starter at North Carolina State, where he established himself as a big, physical corner who was a little too “handsy” at times and struggled with penalties. Burris projects as an outside corner in the Jets system and has a good base of tape as a man to man press corner. The Jets will look to develop him behind Darrelle Revis and initially behind Marcus Williams. He should also immediately contribute as a special teams player, particularly on coverage units.

Over four years at NC State, Burris racked up 6 interceptions, 24 pass break ups and 165 tackles. He only allowed one touchdown over 44 targets and was regularly one of the most consistent corners in the ACC during his college tenure. Burris doesn’t have the top end athleticism of Antonio Cromartie in his prime but you can see a “type” of corner that Bowles likes and the hope will be that Burris can develop into a starting quality player over the next two seasons.

The Jets still have two more picks, both in the 7th round. It has been mildly surprising the Jets have not orchestrated a trade back to acquire more picks and as of now are on pace to leave with six total players. Their 5th and 6th round pick were used to acquire Ryan Clady and Ryan Fitzpatrick.

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Author: Joe Caporoso

Joe Caporoso is the Owner and EIC of Turn On The Jets. His writing has been featured in the New York Times, Huffington Post, MMQB and AdWeek. Caporoso played football his entire life, including four years at Muhlenberg as a wide receiver, where he was arguably the slowest receiver to ever start in school history. He is the EVP of Content at Whistle Sports