When the NY Jets selected Garrett Wilson with the 10th overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft, expectations were understandably high. Fans were aware of Wilson's potential, but nobody knew just how good he would be in his first year.
With the quarterback carousel going around, Wilson caught passes from Joe Flacco, Mike White, and Zach Wilson. While everyone was excited about the Wilson-to-Wilson connection, Zach Wilson couldn't hold up his end and had an awful showing last season.
Garrett Wilson played in all 17 games, tallying 83 receptions, 1,103 receiving yards, and four touchdowns. He also took home the Offensive Rookie of the Year award following his stellar rookie year.
Garrett Wilson is destined for bigger things with the NY Jets in 2023
While Wilson was excellent in his rookie season, 2023 could be even better for the young wideout. First and foremost, Wilson is no longer going to have Zach Wilson throwing him the ball. He will have a future Hall of Fame quarterback in Aaron Rodgers tossing him dots, and this could lead to increased production.
The Jets' offensive line also looks to have been upgraded. Duane Brown and Mekhi Becton are penciled in as the projected starting offensive tackles.
With Alijah Vera-Tucker and Laken Tomlinson returning, this line could be one of the better units in the NFL, pending health. Not to mention, the acquisitions of Joe Tippmann, Billy Turner, and Wes Schweitzer add some impressive depth.
With Aaron Rodgers now under center, the Jets added plenty of protection around their new quarterback. Unlike last year when Zach Wilson was running for his life, things will look a little different this coming season.
Justin Jefferson led the league last season with 128 catches and 1,809 yards, while Davante Adams picked up the most touchdowns with 14. Looking at Wilson's numbers last year, he could absolutely crack the top five in just about every major receiving category this coming season.
The bold prediction I have for Garrett Wilson this coming season is he finishes with over 100 receptions, more than 1,500 yards, and at least 10 touchdowns.
That's quite a significant jump from last season, but with a new quarterback throwing him the ball, the Rodgers-to-Wilson connection could be quite special. Look out for a big year from Garrett Wilson.