2021 Fifth-Round Pick: Jason Pinnock
Brian Costello, New York Post: What are your feelings about being drafted by the Jets?
It’s amazing. It’s words I can’t even come to terms with. I’ve been a fan since (Darrelle) Revis. It’s almost like life comes full circle. It’s surreal.
(follow-up) Do you know Revis at all Jason? Have you ever come across him at Pitt?
I played with Jordan Whitehead, his cousin. I’ve had a couple conversations with Revis, not many, but smart, smart, smart football player.
Rich Cimini, ESPN: How would you describe yourself as a player?
Gritty player. Long, you’re going to get length and speed, can change direction, drop my hips. I’m a vocal football player, pre-snap and post snap, great teammate, a lot of things.
DJ Bien-Aime, New York Daily News: Jason, Robert Saleh says the number trait for a cornerback is winning man-to-man. How well do you thrive in that situation of just man-on-man, cat got that cat?
That’s what I do. That’s all I do. You go watch my film for four years straight since the 17-year-old freshman, I was in people’s chest. Man-to-man, that’s our defense, that’s what (Pitt Head Coach Pat Narduzzi) lives on and we love it.
Connor Hughes, The Athletic: Jason, you were a receiver in high school. How do you think that benefits you in the NFL?
Oh, I think it goes with probably my biggest traits, which is my ball skills, which is I keep saying and it’s been able to help me track the ball, whether in different angles. It’s helped tremendously.
J.P. Pelzman, Forbes: To follow up on the question from before, Jason, do you see yourself as a press man kind of corner?
Yes. If I was forced to pick one, yeah. But I just say I’m an overall corner. I can play press. I can go one high. I can play three. I can play trap. I could play cover two. I could go in the nickel. I could do a lot of things, but I love press. Yes, that’s when I fell in love with at Pitt and I take a lot of pride in it.
DJ Bien-Aime, New York Daily News: Jason, what are you most looking forward to as now being a member of the New York Jets?
I’m so ready to get to work. I told him on the phone when he called me. I’m like, ‘I’m just going to hit the road. I’m going to drive out over there.’ I’m ready to get to work. It’s just too much to look forward to.
Rich Cimini, ESPN: Where are you right now?
(follow-up) Your town? Your hometown?
Yeah, Windsor, Connecticut.