Jason Pinnock
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New York Jets rookie cornerback Jason Pinnock offers a ton of experience in one particular area, but struggled mightily in a key statistic.

Athletic profile

Jason Pinnock is a tall, lengthy cornerback with solid athleticism for his size. Here is a look at his 2020 pro day numbers and how they compare against all cornerbacks who have data on record since 2000:

  • Height: 6′ 0½” (69th percentile)
  • Weight: 204 pounds (88th)
  • Wingspan: 78¼” (87th)
  • Arm length: 32⅜” (82nd)
  • Hand size: 9⅛” (48th)
  • 10-yard split: 1.46 seconds (98th)
  • 20-yard split: 2.61 seconds (39th)
  • 40-yard dash: 4.49 seconds (50th)
  • Vertical jump: 39½” (87th)
  • Broad jump: 128″ (85th)
  • 3-cone drill: 6.90 seconds (60th)
  • 20-yard shuttle: 4.10 seconds (64th)
  • Bench press: 15 reps (55th)

Pinnock recorded a Relative Athletic Score (0-to-10 scale) of 9.78, fourth-best in the 2021 draft class behind only Marco Wilson, Jaycee Horn, and Patrick Surtain.

Role/usage

Jason Pinnock was almost strictly an outside cornerback for the Pittsburgh Panthers defense. He played 82.1% of his career defensive snaps at outside cornerback.

Here is a look at Pinnock’s snap distribution in 2020:

  • Outside cornerback: 84.0%
  • Inside linebacker: 9.2%
  • Slot cornerback: 5.9%
  • Outside linebacker: 0.5%
  • Free safety: 0.2%
  • Strong safety: 0.2%

Pinnock played a ton of press coverage at Pittsburgh. In 2020, he played 260 press coverage snaps, the third-most in the country behind Alabama’s Patrick Surtain and Josh Jobe. Pinnock pressed the line on 74.9% of his cover snaps, the highest portion in the nation among cornerbacks with at least 100 cover snaps.

Making him a great fit for the Jets’ defense, the majority of Pinnock’s press coverage snaps involved him using a press-bail technique, as he played in an extremely zone-heavy defense. In 2020, Pinnock had an 85%/15% split between zone and man coverage reps.

Pittsburgh did blitz Pinnock a decent amount in 2020, sending him after the quarterback 10 times across nine games, but those attempts weren’t successful as he picked up zero sacks, zero hits, and one hurry.

Positives

Tightly-contested targets

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