I recently published a full first-round mock draft in which the Jets select USC star Drake London with one of their top picks. If I had to place a wager, I still believe that this is both the wisest and most likely scenario.
However, there is one other option that chimes in as a close second: Alabama star Jameson Williams. While this is a riskier play, the upside for New York would more than justify grabbing Williams. Especially if he remains available at No. 10 overall.
Pro Football Focus currently ranks London as their top WR prospect and No. 11 overall prospect. Williams, enter the fray as WR3 and the No. 16 overall option.
For the record, Ohio State standout Garrett Wilson is their No. 2 WR. In a vacuum, this isn't a huge difference. So what makes Willaims a riskier play?
Jameson Williams: The Risk
The conversation surrounding Williams' draft stock took a hard turn when he suffered an ACL tear during the National Championship game. Had he been able to participate in the normal Combine and pro day routines, he may very well have been the No. 1 WR in this class.
The list of young football players who have overcome an ACL tear with no lingering effects is a mile long. Yet, a serious injury is always a reason for concern. Particularly in a process as detailed as the NFL Draft evaluation.
Reports indicate that Williams is hopeful that he can recover in time to participate in training camp. Which, barring setbacks, means he will be ready to suit up for a new team on Week 1 of the NFL schedule. However, his timeline and potential for setbacks will give the Jets and other front offices pause.