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NY Jets' Garrett Wilson draws comparisons to star NFL wide receiver

By Kristen Wong
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The NY Jets got their wideout of the future in Garrett Wilson, and the rookie has already received high praise ahead of the 2022 season.

After failed attempts to trade for Tyreek Hill and Deebo Samuel, New York selected Ohio State's Garrett Wilson at No. 10 overall in the draft, adding more talent and upside to the team's young wide receiver corps.

Wilson has been touted to transform the team's offense alongside Elijah Moore and Corey Davis, and though his odds of winning Offensive Rookie of the Year are lower than fellow teammate Breece Hall, Wilson has the potential to break out in a huge way in Year 1.

Just how good can Wilson be in the league? According to one NFL pundit, Davante Adams good.

NFL.com's Brian Baldinger told Buckeyes Wire that Wilson embodies the best rookie receiver in his book and showed flashes of Green Bay Packers' Davante Adams in his on-field play.

"I thought Garrett Wilson was the best receiver in the draft...The QB doesn’t have to be perfect as Wilson constantly adjusts naturally to the flight of the ball. It’s early and premature but he reminds me of Davante Adams with more speed. He needs as much work and timing with Zach Wilson as he can get."

Brian Baldinger

NY Jets' Garrett Wilson shares technical similarities to Packers wideout Davante Adams

Baldinger notes that because of Wilson's acrobatic ability, the quarterback doesn't necessarily "have to be perfect," but he still needs to perform at a high level.

Zach Wilson's 2021 performance that saw him throw nine touchdowns against 11 interceptions and record fewer than 2,500 passing yards doesn't exactly pass that standard.

As such, Garrett Wilson's success this season will heavily depend on Zach Wilson's ability to stay composed in the pocket and improve his accuracy in the passing game.

In an ideal world, the two Wilsons would build off of each other's strengths and forge an unbreakable bond for years to come, but the young talents each have quite a ways to go.

Adams had Aaron Rodgers throwing him the ball throughout his entire tenure in Green Bay, so it's easy to see how Adams put together consecutive Pro Bowl seasons for the last five years.

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Then again, it took even Adams a few years to find his footing in the NFL, so don't expect that level of production from Garrett Wilson too early in his career.

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