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NY Jets: 5 wide receivers to target in the 2021 NFL Draft

By Stephen Nixon
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The NY Jets upgraded the wide receiver position in free agency, but you can never have too many weapons for a new rookie quarterback.

Over the past few seasons, the NFL has produced some incredible rookie wideouts. If you were an irrational Jets fan, like myself, you probably wanted the team to draft a top-tier receiver in the first round last year.

However, this is why we’re just fans and not executives because the team clearly made the right decision drafting Mekhi Becton.

Although the 2020 NFL Draft class had a number of great receivers, it’s tough to take one in the first round. Justin Jefferson, CeeDee Lamb, and Jerry Jeudy are going to be in the league for a long time, but it’s oftentimes better draft management to select a wide receiver later in the draft.

Even though those players mentioned are great, it’s still possible to find someone like Gabriel Davis or Chase Claypool later in the draft, which could be considered a smarter play.

Since the Jets have three picks in the top-34 this year, there’s pressure on the team to have a high-impact draft. Instead of selecting a running back or wide receiver, the team would be in a much better situation to select one later.

The Jets also hold the No. 66, No. 86, No. 107, No. 146, No. 154, No. 186, and No. 226 picks, so there’s a ton of opportunity for them to still get a wideout later on.

As a result, it would make much more sense to wait because there will still be some talented players available after the first round.

Speaking of which, here are five potential wide receivers that the Jets should select.

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