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NY Jets: 4 unconventional players to target with pick No. 23

NY Jets Mandatory Credit: Vasha Hunt-USA TODAY Sports
NY Jets Mandatory Credit: Vasha Hunt-USA TODAY Sports
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NY Jets Mandatory Credit: Adam Hagy-USA TODAY Sports
NY Jets Mandatory Credit: Adam Hagy-USA TODAY Sports

3. NY Jets draft target: Kadarius Toney, WR, Florida

Much like adding a versatile defensive playmaker isn’t a true “need” for the Jets, the same is true for the offensive side of the ball. But how fun would it be to see Kadarius Toney in Mike LaFleur’s offensive system?

Toney is perhaps the most electrifying player in this class with the explosiveness and athleticism to turn any play into a massive gain. Even calling him a wide receiver might be a little misleading.

The Florida coaching staff used Toney in a variety of different ways as a motion receiver, running back, returner, and yes, even out wide as a typical wide receiver. He’s one of those guys where you just get the ball in his hands and watch him make plays.

Toney is still more of a gadget player than a true wide receiver, but he made important strides in his senior season to develop into more of a polished player. The 22-yard old finished with 70 catches for 981 yards and 10 touchdowns en route to being named second-team All-American.

He’s hardly a finished product, but Toney’s upside is as high as any skill player in this year’s class.

The Jets don’t need to address the wide receiver position early after signing Corey Davis and Keelan Cole in free agency. Toney would instead be a luxury pick, but one that would still serve to assist in the growth and development of their new rookie quarterback.

Just imagine Toney running slants in Mike LaFleur’s system. Imagine him being used in play-action. Imagine the Jets motioning him into the backfield as a decoy only to find a streaking Denzel Mims wide open down the sideline.

The possibilities are endless.

Toney wouldn’t be an ideal target at pick 23, but he sure would be a fun one.

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