1. The NY Jets are in the perfect position to take a receiver in the first round
With two picks in the top-10, the Jets have the flexibility to address multiple positions in the first round. Expected to target a pass-rusher with the fourth pick, the Jets’ search for a wide receiver will likely begin with the tenth overall selection.
Many draft analysts quickly point out that there isn’t a Ja’Marr Chase or Jaylen Waddle in this year’s draft. But so what?
Sure, it’s unlikely that a rookie receiver catches 100 passes or accumulates over 1,400 receiving yards, but that shouldn’t be the expectation. Contrary to recent exceptions, receivers typically take time to develop their games and figure out what it takes to be a productive player in the NFL.
This year’s draft features a ton of parity at the top of the wide receiver position. USC’s Drake London, Alabama’s Jameson Williams, and Ohio State’s Garrett Wilson have intriguing skillsets and would be worthy choices with the 10th selection.
And yes, while I am well aware that there is no such thing as a sure thing in the draft, the Jets would benefit from any of those three receivers because they all possess skill sets that the Jets do not house on their roster.
Furthermore, upgrading through the draft will provide the team with young, cost-effective talent that will grow with Zach Wilson.
The Jets have not taken a receiver in the first round since 2001 (Santana Moss), but doing so here would benefit the Jets in the long term.