Jets must add depth at CB, WR

Updated: March 30, 2005, 12:09 PM ET
Scouts Inc.
Hundreds of players already have changed teams, but with the draft still to come, there's plenty of time to continue plugging holes. Where are those holes? Scouts Inc. has made its list of needs for all 32 NFL teams:

Cornerback
Starters Donnie Abraham and David Barrett don't make many mistakes, but they don't make many big plays either and are vulnerable to getting beat deep when they don't get safety help over the top. Their inability to hold up on islands limits the situations when defensive coordinator Donnie Henderson can blitz.

Depth is also somewhat of an issue, as Terrell Buckley is an unrestricted free agent who isn't expected to return, and the Jets could release Ray Mickens, who missed the entire 2004 season with a knee injury. Derrick Strait lacks the speed of a shutdown corner, but the 2004 third-round pick should do a sound job of replacing Buckley at nickel back and eventually develop into a quality No. 2.

With Abraham, who has already lost a step, turning 32 this year, the Jets must start grooming a replacement. They could fill this need by signing a free agent or trading for a proven starter and then use a late-round pick to draft a developmental prospect who can compete for the dime-back role.


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