FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- The pick: Brandon Dixon, cornerback, Northwest Missouri State
My take: The New York Jets doubled down on their cornerback need, selecting the unheralded Dixon with the first of four picks in the sixth round. He will join third-round selection Dex McDougle as the Jets attempt to rebuild the cornerback position in the post-Cromartie/Revis era.
Dixon attracted attention at the scouting combine, where he ran the 40 in 4.41 seconds -- fifth-fastest among cornerbacks. There's no doubt about his vertical speed, but he has tight hips and struggles against sharp-breaking routes. He described himself as a press-man corner who likes to be aggressive at the line of scrimmage.
At 5-11½, 203 pounds, Dixon has good size for the position. He began his career at Joliet Junior college before transferring to Division II Northwest Missouri State, where he made 36 tackles and one interception last season. He posted better numbers in 2012 -- five interceptions. He requires extra reps to process information, according to Scouts Inc. Clearly, he'll have to carve a niche on special teams.
Best player available? The Jets are like most teams in that they preach the best-available-player philosophy, but isn't it curious how the BAP has married with their biggest needs? They've drafted two cornerbacks and two wide receivers. Of course, when you enter the draft with 12 selections, you can afford to stockpile at specific positions. Currently, the Jets have 12 corners on the roster. John Idzik is smling. Maybe you've heard, he loves competition.