Ranking every WR prospect the NY Jets have hosted on a top 30 visit

Which WR prospects have the Jets met with?
Rome Odunze
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The 2024 NFL Draft is just a few days away and the NY Jets have done their homework on many of the top wide receiver prospects in this year's draft. Perhaps no position remains a more obvious need than this one.

The Jets enter the draft in need of additional wide receiver help, even after signing Mike Williams in free agency. The team's interest in the position group is reflected in their top-30 visits.

A whopping six of the 26 known prospects the Jets have brought in for top-30 visits are wide receivers, more than any other position. It's very possible, or even likely, that the Jets draft a wide receiver during the first few rounds.

But which of the six wide receivers to visit the Jets is the best? Let's rank each wide receiver prospect the Jets hosted on a top-30 visit this year.

NY Jets wide receiver draft targets

6. Brenden Rice, WR, USC

  • Projected: Round 3-4

The Jets have met with a total of four projected Day 2 wide receiver prospects, the first of which being USC's Brendedn Rice. At 6-foot-2, 208 pounds, Rice is an unpolished route runner with questionable separation skills, but he makes up for it with outstanding physicality and contested-catch ability.

Rice is the son of the legendary Jerry Rice, and while he likely will never live up to the greatest wide receiver in NFL history, he has the physical tools to be a very productive player as a pro. He's a work in progress, but the base level is there.

5. Troy Franklin, WR, Oregon

  • Projected: Round 2-3

Troy Franklin put together one of the most impressive receiving seasons in Oregon history in 2023, finishing with 81 catches for 1,383 yards and 14 touchdowns en route to a second-team All-American appearance.

Franklin is a lanky receiver with blazing downfield speed and YAC ability, although his small frame and drop concerns will give teams pause. He's still too inconsistent to be a legitimate Day 1 prospect, but his upside and game-breaking ability probably make him a lock for Day 2.

4. Malachi Corley, WR, Western Kentucky

  • Projected: Round 2-3

Malachi Corley is one of the most fascinating wide receiver prospects in this year's draft, evidenced by the fact that nearly half the league scheduled a top-30 visit with him. Teams want to learn more about the dynamic Western Kentucky receiver.

Corley has drawn comparisons to Deebo Samuel for both his usage at Western Kentucky and his projection to the NFL. He's still a work in progress as an overall receiver, but Corley is electric with the ball in his hands and plays with a running back's mentality. A creative offensive coordinator can find a role for him early.

3. Roman Wilson, WR, Michigan

  • Projected: Round 2

Roman Wilson has been one of the steadiest draft risers over the last few months. Though Wilson never topped 800 yards in a season at Michigan, many believe he has the skill set to be a more productive player at the NFL level.

Wilson is an exceptional route runner with 4.39 speed, making him a dangerous weapon out of the slot. His ceiling is limited by his small frame, but Wilson should contribute immediately at the NFL level due to his speed and separation skills.

2. Rome Odunze, WR, Washington

  • Projected: Top 10

The Jets have met with two of the top-three wide receiver prospects in this year's class, and probably the most likely of the three to end up in New York is Washington's Rome Odunze.

Odunze topped 1,600 yards in his final season at Washington, dominating opposing defenses with his combination of size, athleticism, and physicality. The 21-year-old projects as an immediate starting X receiver at the NFL level with All-Pro potential.

1. Malik Nabers, WR, LSU

  • Projected: Top 5-10

In any normal draft class, Malik Nabers would be the obvious WR1 (you can probably make the same argument for Odunze). While Nabers only has average size, he's an outstanding athlete, a great route-runner, and one of the most dynamic playmakers in this class.

At just 20 years old (he doesn't turn 20 until the summer), Nabers has an All-Pro ceiling at the NFL level and projects as an immediate top weapon in any team's offense. He feels like as safe a bet as there is to be a future star in the NFL.