After missing out on the top cornerbacks of the market, the Jets settled for veteran Dimitri Patterson. The 30 year old played the last two seasons for the Dolphins and recorded 4 interceptions in six games in 2013 before suffering a season ending injury. Patterson is the early favorite and the safe choice for the Jets to start.
After going un-drafted and playing a year with the Falcons, Walls has been in the Jets organization since 2012. Walls split time as a starter and a guy off the bench for the Jets while Dee Milliner was struggling in 2013. Walls has good size at 6'0 and speed at a 4.43 forty with room to grow at the age of 25.
Since being a first round pick back in 2010, Kyle Wilson has been a disappointment for the Jets. Wilson has never developed into a guy who can start on the outside, as he has only found success as a slot corner. In 2013, Wilson only got one start for the Jets and in his whole Jets career only has three interceptions.
Fans were surprised when the Jets took a very much unknown name Dex McDougle in the third round out of Maryland. McDougle only played in 3 games in 2013 due to injury, but managed to record three interceptions. McDougle runs a 4.4, and on tape shows good awareness and play-making ability. If healthy, he could become a solid player for the Jets.
Verdict- Darrin Walls. Walls is a guy who has stayed healthy and when thrown out on the field has played well. Dex should not start week one as a rookie because we saw what happened last year with Dee Milliner. Walls is a guy still with untapped potential that Patterson does not have.