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Grading a franchise-altering first round for the NY Jets

NY Jets, Sauce Gardner
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NY Jets, Garrett Wilson
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2. Garrett Wilson, WR, NY Jets (10th overall)

This is the most difficult first-round pick to grade. I am on record arguing that Drake London was the best overall option at his position. I was also super high on Jameson Williams' speed and potential upside.

However, this draft class had a unique parody, particularly at the wide receiver position. London, Williams, Chris Olave, Jahan Dotson, and Treylon Burks all joined Garrett Wilson in the top tier. It's difficult to gauge which players will stand out without time to see them at the NFL level.

While Wilson has neither the top speed of Williams nor the game-breaking ball skills of London, he is likely the best overall package at his position. His combination of plus acceleration, big-play speed, and route running excellence could make him the best receiver in recent Jets' history.

ESPN's comparison to Robert Woods seems on point. Wilson should be a plus asset in any system, with the potential to be truly special with the right system and QB.

At the end of the day, New York was able to use their second pick to land a premier pass catcher that was universally considered to be a top prospect.

The addition of Wilson immediately gives Zach Wilson a top playmaker. Having him and Elijah Moore on the outside, with newcomers C.J. Uzomah and Tyler Conklin in the middle, will completely reinvent the Jets' offense.

Wilson will make an immediate difference and has a real chance to garner Rookie of the Year consideration this season.

Grade: B+

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