Updated WR rankings for the NY Jets after the NFL Combine

The Jets have plenty of appealing WR targets in the 2024 NFL Draft

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The NY Jets have a number of pressing needs to address this offseason, and aside from overhauling the offensive line, none are more important than the wide receiver position.

Outside of Garrett Wilson, the Jets likely had the worst wide receiver room in football. A series of offseason missteps left the team with three disastrous free-agent signings and a host of undrafted free agents to pick up the slack alongside Wilson. The results were disastrous.

The Jets will be looking to completely reshape their wide receiver room again this offseason, and they should have ample opportunities to do so. While the free-agent crop of receivers isn't especially top-heavy, this year's draft class is loaded with talented wideouts.

It seems as if every year's draft class is stacked with wide receiver talent, and this year is no different. The Jets were able to get a firsthand look at the top wide receiver prospects in this year's draft at the NFL Combine this past weekend.

Here is a look at our updated big board of wide receiver prospects the Jets could target come April. Note that this bog board is specifically tailored to the Jets' needs — it's not a general big board.

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2024 NFL Draft wide receiver rankings post-Combine

  1. Marvin Harrison Jr. (Ohio State)
  2. Malik Nabers (LSU)
  3. Rome Odunze (Washington)
  4. Brian Thomas Jr. (LSU)
  5. Ladd McConkey (Georgia)
  6. Adonai Mitchell (Texas)
  7. Xavier Legette (South Carolina)
  8. Javon Baker (UCF)
  9. Xavier Worthy (Texas)
  10. Troy Franklin (Oregon)
  11. Devontez Walker (North Carolina)
  12. Malachi Corley (Western Kentucky)
  13. Roman Wilson (Michigan)
  14. Ja'Lynn Polk (Washington)
  15. Keon Coleman (Florida State)
  16. Jermaine Burton (Alabama)
  17. Jalen McMillan (Washington)
  18. Malik Washington (Virginia)
  19. Jacob Cowing (Arizona)
  20. Brenden Rice (USC)

Many of the top names on this big board align with the consensus. Marvin Harrison Jr. is one of the best wide receiver prospects we've seen in years, and it wouldn't be a stretch to say he's the best overall prospect in this draft class.

There is no wide receiver in Harrison's tier, even if some have tried to insert Malik Nabers and Rome Odunze into that discussion. Harrison is in a tier of his own.

The top four on this big board is pretty straightforward, but the first "surprise" comes in the form of Georgia's Ladd McConkey. McConkey is personally one of my favorite targets for the Jets at any position in this year's draft.

McConkey is an outstanding route-runner with reliable hands and plus athleticism. What he lacks in size and overall physicality, he more than makes up for in separation skills. His draft stock has skyrocketed since the Senior Bowl — he seems destined to be a top-50 pick.

Another player I have ranked higher than others is UCF's Javon Baker. Baker isn't the most explosive athlete in this class, nor is he the most physically gifted. Instead, Baker is a well-rounded, rock-solid receiver with good separation skills, consistent hands, and superb blocking ability. He reminds me of another Kendrick Bourne or Josh Palmer type.

Western Kentucky's Malachi Corley is another interesting name ranked 12th on our overall big board. Corley is a dynamic playmaker with the ball in his hands and has drawn comparisons to Deebo Samuel. There are concerns about his overall route tree at this stage, but there's no denying his potential.

Our big board has Florida State's Keon Coleman, a top-50 pick by some analysts, significantly lower than the consensus. Coleman is a physically imposing receiver at 6-foot-3, 213 pounds, but I have serious concerns about his ability to consistently separate at the next level.

The Florida State product was once seen as a consensus first-round pick, with some even projecting him to be a target for the Jets at pick No. 10 in the early draft cycle. His stock continues to fall — and with good reason.

Arizona's Jacob Cowing has seen his stock climb after an impressive performance at the Combine. Cowing clocked in at a blazing 4.38 40-yard dash — much needed for the undersized but electric 5-foot-8, 168-pound receiver.

Finally, USC's Brenden Rice rounds out our top-20. Rice is the son of the legendary Jerry Rice, and while he'll likely never live up to the status of his historic father, the younger Rice could carve out a career as a big-bodied, physical red-zone threat.