The New York Jets will look to upgrade the wide receiver position this offseason and there is no better opportunity to do so than in the 2020 NFL Draft.
With the 2020 NFL draft right around the corner, the New York Jets have multiple holes on their roster that are looking to be filled through the drafting process.
One of the positions that the Jets currently lack firepower in is at wide receiver.
Throughout the 2019 season, Robby Anderson took control at the No. 1 wideout role. However, he is entering free agency this offseason and rumors are flying around about him leaving. Anderson is asking for money on the north side of $14 million.
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Anderson, an outstanding deep threat, tallied five touchdowns and 779 yards on 52 receptions racking up another quality year for the reliable receiver. If he leaves, the Jets will really need to grab a young guy to fill in the void at receiver.
Let’s take a look at three wide receivers the Jets could look to target in the upcoming 2020 NFL Draft.
Next: 3. Michael Pittman Jr.
3. Micheal Pittman Jr.
USC wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr. is a no brainer for the Jets to draft in the second round. Throughout Sam Darnold‘s first two seasons at USC, he and Pittman were a duo that was able to ignite the offense and produce on the field.
They connected for 29 receptions and 486 yards through two years of college ball with the Trojans. Pittman had the following to say about a potential reunion with his former college quarterback.
“Sammy D was like one of the best quarterbacks I’ve ever played with. He’s just a straight gamer. He is a young quarterback that has 10-15 years left. That would be nice to have that run with him.”
Pittman is coming off his most outstanding season with the Trojans and even earned himself an invitation to the Senior Bowl.
The 6-foot-4, 220-pound receiver is no joke as he is being compared to receivers such as D.K. Metcalf and Kenny Golladay. His physicality and ability to outmuscle a defender is what makes him one of the best receivers in the draft.
If the Jets are able to acquire Pittman, watch out for the reunited duo to tear it up on the field.
Next: 2. CeeDee Lamb
2. CeeDee Lamb
The 6-foot-2 receiver out of Oklahoma is a playmaker with spectacular hands that make a nice first-round pick for the Jets. Some of his grabs during the season were Odell Beckham-like.
His route running is very physical and he has the capability to become a franchise wideout for almost any team. CeeDee Lamb was a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award following the 2019 season which is awarded to the very best receiver in college football.
And that is what the Jets need, the very best.
Lamb’s play style has been compared to the great DeAndre Hopkins because Lamb simply does not drop the ball with his sticky hands. The Jets need a wide receiver that can match and catch Sam Darnold‘s playstyle and CeeDee Lamb could be that guy.
If the Jets go for Lamb expect this Lamb to turn into a lion.
Next: 1. Jerry Jeudy
1. Jerry Jeudy
Possibly everyone’s number one pick for the wide receivers in this loaded draft class, Jerry Jeudy is a straight baller and has all the attributes to become a top receiver in the league.
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Wherever Jeudy gets drafted, he will be able to adapt quickly courtesy to his impeccable route-running skills and spectacular speed. If Jeudy is still available in Round 1, the Jets should take the opportunity to set up Darnold with perhaps the scariest wide receiver in this year’s draft.
During his junior season with the Crimson Tide, Jeudy put up outstanding numbers racking up 77 catches, over 1,100 yards, and 10 visits to the endzone.
Jeudy can instantly make any receiving core better and if he has not been gobbled up by the 11th pick, the Jets would likely seize on the opportunity to acquire the talented wide receiver. There is hope for the Jets at the top wideout spot even if Anderson should decide to leave.
All of the aforementioned receivers have the raw talent and ability to someday stand out in the NFL, and perhaps even develop into a future star.
Darnold deserves a few more receiving weapons to help him develop into a star quarterback and to propel the Jets towards a winning season.
These receivers should be on the Jets radar during the 2020 NFL Draft and fans would certainly be excited to welcome any of them to Jets Nation.