Malachi Corley is the NY Jets' 'most dangerous new addition'

Corley can be a dangerous weapon for the Jets
Malachi Corley
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With plenty of new faces in Florham Park, it's easy to debate the biggest addition the NY Jets have made. According to Bleacher Report's Ryan Fowler, the correct answer in that debate is their third-round pick out of Western Kentucky, wide receiver Malachi Corley.

It is clear to see why this is the case. Corley could be an impact player for the Jets on day one. His scouting report paints him as a guy with elite YAC potential.

He is big and strong, with great vision with the ball in his hands. He can run through defenders and see lanes that many can't. Along with his size and vision, he has a pliable frame that allows him to reel in difficult passes.

His skill set makes him a diverse weapon, reminiscent of superstar wide receiver Deebo Samuel in San Francisco. This is obviously a lofty comparison, but if Corley maxes out his ability, it is not an unfair one.

Malachi Corley can play a unique role for the NY Jets in 2024

In his four seasons at Western Kentucky, Corley appeared in 49 games and put up over 3,000 receiving yards with 29 touchdowns. He scored 11 touchdowns in each of his final two seasons. His best season was his third, in which he eclipsed 100 receptions for 1,295 yards. The numbers are impressive, as are his highlights.

His fit on this year's Jets team could be perfect as well. The Jets are strong at running back with Breece Hall as their starter, but after that, things are less clear. With underperforming second-year running back Israel Abanikanda and two rookies in Braelon Allen and Isaiah Davis, we don't know how much production to expect at that position outside of Hall.

This opens up an opportunity for Corley. Not that he may be the Jets' second running back, but he can play a role similar to the aforementioned Deebo Samuel. The 49ers have a diverse range of tactics that utilize Samuel's ability, aside from him just catching passes.

He comes out of the backfield in creative ways that get him the ball in open space and bewilders opposing defenses. The Jets can use Corley in the same capacity to mitigate their lack of depth at running back.

This means that Corley doesn't have to make spectacular highlight-reel catches or be an elite route-runner in his first year in order to make a huge impact. As long as he can take the occasional handoff and catch pitches, shovel passes, and screen passes, he can produce for the Jets this season.

With his ability to make plays in open space, Aaron Rodgers may find a new best friend in the rookie. Someone with that kind of ability makes life significantly easier on a quarterback.

Corley also has a chance to firmly claim the third wide receiver spot. No one expects him to supplant Mike Williams or Garrett Wilson, but there is no reason he can't start the season ahead of Xavier Gipson and Allen Lazard.

Although Corley is no guarantee, Gipson has yet to prove he is much of a threat, and Lazard's Jets tenure has been nothing but misery.

Between the threat of him out of the backfield as well his ability as a pure wide receiver, the Jets have a myriad of options for how to use the rookie. Even with several key additions and changes all over the Jets depth chart, none may be more dangerous to Jets' opponents than Malachi Corley.