Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports
Key Players: Kyle Fuller (CB), Logan Thomas (QB), Antone Exum (CB/S), James Gayle (DE)
After being bystanders on the cornerback market in free agency, the Jets have as much reason to be at Virginia Tech's pro day as any other team.
The Hokies are loaded with talented defensive backs, producing two NFL-caliber talents in Kyle Fuller and Antone Exum this year. Fuller is a borderline first-round pick who could interest the Jets, especially if they do not add another starting cornerback before the draft. According to Tony Pauline of WalterFootball.com, Fuller was as advertised, posting numbers that reflected his combine and looking smooth in drills.
Meanwhile, Exum is a much riskier selection because he missed the vast majority of last season recovering from an ACL injury. His lack of ideal speed may also make him a candidate to transition to safety, taking advantage of his physicality, ball skills and instincts.
Pauline notes that Jets defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman showed particular interest in Exum, noting that he will be "fine" coming back from his injury.
Perhaps the most polarizing player in this year's draft class, quarterback Logan Thomas, will be on display as well. Thomas makes plenty of sense for a Jets team in need of some quarterback depth and perhaps an extra body to make the transition to tight end if quarterbacking does not quite work out. Thomas had an impressive workout of his own, which comes to no surprise considering his physical gifts.
Another person of interest is defensive end/outside linebacker James Gayle. The pass-rushing specialist would be a terrific late-round pick to groom behind Calvin Pace while he develops his run technique to become a full-time starter.