Rookie’s versatility could help the Jets


This guy’s versatility could be useful for the Jets.

On NFL game day, teams are only allowed 46 active players, so having backups who can play multiple spots is extremely helpful. Jets rookie defensive back Jarrick Bernard-Converse essentially played every secondary position in college.

“JBC [provides] versatility,” said Jets GM Joe Douglas. “He can play safety, he can play nickel, he can play outside (corner).”

“My first two years I played nickel (back),” Bernard-Converse said. “I transferred to corner my last two years at Oklahoma State and at LSU, I played everywhere – nickel, corner, safety.”

Aside from physical talent, what allows Bernard-Converse to handle so many different positions is high-level intelligence. The two-time Academic All-Big 12 member, got his degree in Pre-Vet Medicine, and wants to be a veterinarian one day.

“He’s very, very smart – extremely instinctive,” said Jets coach Robert Saleh.

Along with his athleticism and intelligence, another factor that should help Bernard-Converse contribute fast to the Jets was playing in a pro playbook at LSU under coordinator Matt House, who came to Baton Rouge last year after serving three years as the Kansas City Chiefs linebacker coach.

“We ran more of a pro-style defense at LSU, so I feel that can help me learn that [pro] game faster and transition a little quicker,” Bernard-Converse said.

Throw in a 4.4 forty and a 42-inch vertical leap, the Jets have a lot to be excited about with this sixth-round pick.

This player’s versatility could help the Jets, especially after the injury to safety Chuck Clark.

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