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New York Jets Off the Clock: Sixth-Round Pick Cornerback Jeremy Clark, Michigan Wolverines
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17 May 2017 02:18 PM EST

-by Daniel Mogollon, Staff Writer; Image: Michigan cornerback Jeremy Clark breaks up pass against UNLV. (Image Source: Rick Osentoski/USA TODAY Sports)

The New York Jets had nine picks in the 2017 NFL Draft, with six coming on Day 3. As we take the Jets “Off the Clock,” we’ll break down all nine of their draft picks, continuing with the second of their three sixth-round selections:

Round 6; Pick 13 (197th Overall): CB Jeremy Clark, Michigan

Measurables: One of just three cornerbacks drafted who stands at 6’3” and the heaviest corner at 220 pounds, Clark has elite size for the position. Adding to his height are extremely long arms (32 7/8”) making for a whopping wingspan. His 20 bench press reps at the NFL Scouting Combine had Clark at the 90th percentile for cornerbacks in Indianapolis. An ACL injury which robbed him of most of his senior campaign, also prevented Clark from performing any of the other timed/measured drills at the combine, as well as at Michigan’s pro day.

Skill Set: With his length and frame it should come as no surprise that Clark’s strength comes as a press corner, who loves to get physical at the line of scrimmage. His long arms play to his advantage off the snap, as well as helping him get his hands on the football. He also has excellent ball skills with the ability to make plays in traffic. What scout’s really like is that he moves well for such a big cornerback and has surprising makeup speed. A solid tackler in the open field.  

New York Jets Off the Clock: Off Needs | Def Needs | Jamal Adams | Marcus Maye | ArDarius Stewart | Chad Hansen | Jordan Leggett | Dylan Donahue | Elijah McGuire |

Value: Because he missed most of his senior season and wasn’t able to work out during the draft process, NFL.com had Clark listed as a seventh round/undrafted free agent prospect. He was ESPN.com’s 337th ranked player and CBSSports.com listed the Michigan man as their 239th prospect. Maybe it was a bit of a reach, but had Clark not been injured it’s possible he could have worked his way into the third or fourth round.

Need: Their weak pass defense wasn’t just a product of poor safety play, so yes cornerback was a major need for the Jets as they’ve moved beyond the Darrelle Revis era. They need quality as well as depth at the position.

Mogollon’s Pick: As I mentioned earlier, I like the potential that Virginia Tech tight end Bucky Hodges (No. 201) brings to the table. Adding him in addition to Jordan Leggett to the fold could have really transformed the position for the Jets.

Who Else Did They Pass Up? Similar to Clark, Pittsburgh offensive tackle Adam Bisnowaty (No. 200) is a prospect whose stock would have been higher if he were healthier in his career. Unfortunately, the Jets were not able to address the offensive line in this draft.  

NFL Draft OTC: Picks 1-4, 5-8, 9-12, 13-16, 17-20, 21-24, 25-28, 29-32, By State; Giants OTC: Needs | Evan Engram | Dalvin Tomlinson | Davis Webb |

The Fit: What the Jets really need is a potential starter at the position and while Clark may not provide that he does check off several boxes. His length and physical style will be welcomed and fit in well with what headman Todd Bowles likes to do. As will Clark’s versatility. He played safety early on in his career at Michigan and clearly has the size to do so at the next level.

2017 Outlook & Beyond: With three established cornerbacks on the depth, as well as others competing for roster spots, Clark will probably contribute mostly on special teams in his rookie season. The tools are there for him to be an elite special teams player, as well as a capable backup in the future. He impressed early on in his senior season and it’s possible that Clark has a higher ceiling than the typical sixth-round selection.

Daniel Mogollon is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America. He is also a voter for the Thorpe and the Rotary Lombardi Award, as well as the Latino Sports MVP Awards. You can reach him via email: danmogollon@gmail.com.

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