The NY Jets certainly had an eventful weekend. After selecting former Cincinnati cornerback Sauce Gardner with the fourth overall selection in the 2022 NFL Draft, New York shifted gears and addressed a position that had been wrongfully ignored by previous regimes.
Wide receiver Garrett Wilson, a three-year starter at Ohio State, heard his name called about an hour after the draft had begun. The Jets haven't had a receiver of Wilson's caliber in quite some time, and now they have two in Wilson and Elijah Moore.
The receiving corps has been completely revamped under general manager Joe Douglas. It isn't long ago when the Jets were trotting out Jermaine Kearse and Deontay Burnett as their top two receivers on game day.
Now, the Jets have supplied quarterback Zach Wilson with a supporting cast that has a chance to make some noise around the league.
The addition of Garrett Wilson doesn't come as a surprise as the Jets have been connected to virtually every notable receiver that had been rumored to be available throughout the offseason.
After coming up unsuccessful in trading for San Francisco 49ers' wide receiver Deebo Samuel, the Jets pivoted to their No. 10 overall pick.
Garrett Wilson joins a revamped NY Jets wide receiver room
Wilson arguably becomes New York's best player out wide. The Jets haven't had a receiver room of this caliber since 2015. The unit, headlined by Garrett Wilson and Elijah Moore, also boasts the likes of veteran Corey Davis and Braxton Berrios.
That's one of the better corps in the NFL, on paper. Of course, we can only evaluate the hypothetical until we see them take the field. But until then, it's fun to daydream.
Garrett Wilson's on-the-field presence won't only benefit Zach Wilson's development, but it should alleviate some heat off Moore. The second-year player out of Ole Miss was attracting some serious attention on the field in 2021, especially when he was the only notable playmaker out there.
Moore, when lined up opposite single coverage, often had a safety shadowing his every move. This is because the Jets didn't have any receiver who posed a significant threat adjacent to Moore.
Things should change in 2022. With the arrival of Wilson, teams will have to start respecting both players' game-breaking ability, and that should soften the opposition's coverage.
Joe Douglas wasn't hiding his affinity for Calvin Ridley, Tyreek Hill, and Deebo Samuel. All three players were pursued by the Jets at one point or another this offseason. But things change, and we'll soon find out if Douglas' same affinity for Garrett Wilson will pay off.