5 WRs NY Jets must target on Day 2 of the NFL Draft

Which WR prospect should the Jets draft tonight?
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The NY Jets reportedly tried desperately to trade up for a wide receiver in the first round of the 2024 NFL Draft, but after failing to move up for the likes of Rome Odunze and Malik Nabers, the team opted to select Penn State offensive tackle Olu Fashanu with the 11th overall pick.

Fashanu fills both an immediate and future need for the Jets, completing the team's offensive line revamp. However, it's clear that the wide receiver position still needs to be addressed.

The good news for the Jets — and part of the reason they felt comfortable taking Fashanu — is that this year's wide receiver class is stacked with Day 2 talent. It would be a surprise if the Jets didn't target a wide receiver in the second or third round.

The Jets only have one pick scheduled for Day 2 right now (pick 72), but that could very well change. Here are five wide receivers the Jets should absolutely consider drafting on Day 2.

5. The NY Jets could draft USC WR Brenden Rice

The Jets brought in a number of projected mid-round wide receiver prospects for top-30 visits ahead of the draft, one of whom was USC's Brenden Rice — aka the son of Jerry Rice.

Rice is a big-bodied physical receiver who excelled as a red-zone target at USC. The Arizona native led the Trojans in receiving touchdowns with 12 on just 45 catches in his senior season.

At 6-foot-2, 208 pounds, Rice is a plus-sized athlete with above-average ball skills, although his separation ability remains unproven. He's still clearly working on the nuances of the position.

Rice projects as a developmental X receiver with starting upside if he can continue to improve both as a route-runner and at the catch point. The Jets showed interest in him throughout the pre-draft process, making him a logical target on Day 2, especially in the third round if the team stays put.