5 wide receivers the NY Jets can add after the Elijah Moore trade

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3. The NY Jets can draft a wide receiver

The Hardman signing, coupled with the Moore trade, opens the door for the Jets to potentially consider drafting a wide receiver early in the 2023 NFL Draft, perhaps as early as the first round.

Most, to this point, have assumed that the Jets would use the No. 13 pick on an offensive tackle, but that might not necessarily be the case. The Jets have a few notable roster holes they still need to fill.

Even aside from offensive tackle and wide receiver, the Jets could look to add a defensive tackle or safety early in the draft. The position value might not be there, but the need certainly is.

I wouldn't be surprised at all, however, if the Jets plan to replace Moore with a top-50 pick in this year's draft. The assumption is that one of the team's two second-round picks will be sent to Green Bay in the Rodgers trade, but the Jets should still have both a first and second-round pick to utilize.

Perhaps the Jets consider a player like Ohio State's Jaxon Smith-Njigba, TCU's Quentin Johnston, or USC's Jordan Addison in the first round. Maybe someone like Boston College's Zay Flowers, Tennessee's Jalin Hyatt, or North Carolina's Josh Downs could be a target in the second round.

This year's wide receiver class doesn't have the top-end talent that recent classes have had, but there should be plenty of depth on Day 2. It's not the most talented wide receiver class, but it is a deep class.

The Jets could pair Garrett Wilson, Allen Lazard, and Mecole Hardman with a rookie wide receiver to complete their wide receiver quartet. Don't rule out the Jets drafting a wide receiver early, especially if they don't add a veteran beforehand.