Blewett’s Blitz breaks down the film of undrafted New York Jets cornerback Isaiah Dunn, whose talent suggests he should’ve been drafted.
While the New York Jets drafted three corners in the 2021 NFL draft—all selected in the fifth and sixth rounds—none of them could be banked on to make an impact … or even the final roster. They are joining a rostered-corner group that’s already largely unproven, making for some heated competition.
In comes a name that many fans were surprised with—a wild card in Oregon State cornerback Isaiah Dunn.
It’s not as if anybody is expected to know every name that gets brought into the UDFA class (even though some people will act as they do). But it wasn’t the name that was surprising; it was the contract given to Dunn that was the surprise.
The Jets doled out the largest UDFA cornerback contract in franchise history to Dunn, guaranteeing him $185,000. That’s pennies to an NFL owner, but the number still speaks volumes.
Considering NFL teams only have a certain amount they can dish out to the entire UDFA class, the Jets must have really liked Dunn a lot to give him so much money.
Does he deserve the money? How does he fit in Robert Saleh and Jeff Ulbrich’s defense? Can he make the roster as a UDFA?
Let’s take a look at some plays showcasing Dunn’s major strengths and weaknesses. Below that, you will also find a full list of strengths and weaknesses, plus an episode of Blewett’s Blitz discussing everything there is to know about Isaiah Dunn’s collegiate film (available only to Jets X-Factor subscribers).
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Highlighted strength: Smarts
Dunn (bottom) shuffle bails, playing a two-read/palms coverage between him and the boundary safety. If the No. 2 cuts out, Dunn has to jump the route. If No. 2 stays inside, Dunn matches the No. 1 wide receiver.
The No. 2 breaks outside on the out. Dunn drops his weight, breaks towards the route, and lays a big enough shot to jar the ball loose from the WR. This also shows off some of his closing speed and physicality.