3 options for the NY Jets after missing on Odell Beckham Jr.
By Ryan Shafer
2. The NY Jets could draft a wide receiver
Another route the Jets can go is through the 2023 NFL Draft. There are some very intriguing options at the top of the draft board, or possibly on Day 2. If the Jets hold on to pick 13, Jaxon Smith-Njigba is the name to watch.
If they decide to trade down, as many mock drafts have projected, then Quentin Johnston of TCU or Jalin Hyatt of Tennessee should be available as well. Other Round 2 options include Zay Flowers, Josh Downs, or Marvin Mims Jr.
Of course, the big name here is Jaxon Smith-Njigba out of Ohio State. Pairing him with his former teammate and close friend, Garrett Wilson, would solidify the receiver position for the next decade and offer the Jets a nice balance between veterans and young talent.
At 6-foot-1 and almost 200 pounds, Smith-Njigba could line up anywhere and win at the release, although he is best in the slot. Garrett Wilson, Allen Lazard, Mecole Hardman, and Smith-Njigba would form a really nice group and one that could really develop even in the post-Rodgers years.
You could certainly argue that either the defensive line or offensive line is a bigger position of need over wide receiver at the moment, but if the big offensive lineman names are already off the board and Smith-Njigba is still there, what would the Jets do at pick 13?
Even a trade-down could net them a really good player like Hyatt, who can stretch the field on the outside and provide more of an immediate impact than reaching for a lineman in the middle of the round.