Cornerback is by far the Jets’ biggest weakness right now; the team lacks experience at the position and has been relying heavily on young, raw players this summer.
The move comes just ahead of this weekend’s 53-man roster deadline. So, the CBs that have been fighting it out for a job just saw one spot disappear, making the position battle even tougher.
The Jets could not afford to enter this season with their current crop of cornerbacks. The group simply is not good enough. Hairston provides some measure of experience; he’s played 27 games and started 11 during his two seasons. So, he’s still young, but he also has a grasp of what it takes to play in the NFL. That’s a big plus. Signing Marcus Cooper a couple weeks ago was Douglas’ first step toward building depth. Now this helps even more.
Hairston comes from the Colts – where Jets assistant GM Rex Hogan worked until a couple months ago. One big advantage of the Jets’ front office staff coming together late this offseason? They have great familiarity with the 90-man roster of all the teams from which they just came. Hogan, obviously, knows the Colts. Douglas knows the Eagles.
Chad Alexander, director of player personnel, knows the Ravens. Phil Savage, senior football adviser, knows recent draft picks across the league from his time as Senior Bowl director. That’s a wide swath of intimate knowledge about other teams around the league.
The Jets have already traded away two of their eight 2020 draft picks. This trade gave away one of their two sixth-round selections – they’d banked an extra one by trading linebacker Darron Lee to the Chiefs. The Jets’ seventh-round pick was conditionally sent to the Ravens in exchange for offensive lineman Alex Lewis earlier this summer.
The Jets’ seventh-round pick was conditionally sent to the Ravens in exchange for offensive lineman Alex Lewis earlier this summer. Lewis looks poised to make the roster, in which case the Ravens will most likely acquire that pick.