The New York Jets have been linked to DeSean Jackson of the Philadelphia Eagles, who likely has played his last game for the Birds. The playmaking receiver would be a significant upgrade from what the Jets currently have, as well as a great complement to newly acquired Eric Decker. However, trading for Jackson or signing him after he is (potentially) released would only be beneficial to New York if they draft another playmaking receiver in the draft.
While New York wants to win now, they also would like to create a good base for the future. In all reality, Jackson and Decker, 27 and 26, respectively, are not part of the Jets’ long-term plans. While they each are still in the prime of their careers, the Jets have not drafted and brought up a legitimate offensive weapon in a long time. Jeremy Kerley is the closest to that, and in my opinion, he would be a fourth or fifth option on the depth chart for contending teams throughout the NFL.
This is an extremely deep and talented receiving class with tight ends and receivers who can step into the league and make an immediate impact. It would be a huge mistake for New York not to draft a receiver or a tight end at No. 18 overall.
One player to watch out for is Brandin Cooks of Oregon State who has been widely compared to Jackson. Similar in size, Cooks is a speedster who is a true offensive weapon. The playmaking receiver would be tough to pass up on at 18, especially if he can be the Jackson of the future in the NFL that the Jets can lock up for long term. And, if Jackson is there to mentor Cooks, it could make for a great relationship down the road.