New York Jets Need to Target WR in 1st Round of 2014 NFL Draft

By Jameel Shareef

Every offseason, fans and experts look for the New York Jets to draft an offensive weapon on the first night of draft weekend. In 2013, Dee Milliner and Sheldon Richardson got the call. Milliner and had a decent but not spectacular rookie season, but Richardson provided spark on one of the better defensive lines in the NFL. Rex Ryan continues to build on defense, but this year, things might have to change.

Adding Michael Vick, Eric Decker and Chris Johnson was huge for the growth of young quarterback Geno Smith. The soon-to-be sophomore QB performed how the viewers expected him to. He provided good game tapes, and horrible ones as well. 

Building off that, many draft boards have the Jets snagging another talented receiver to tag along with Stephen Hill and Decker. Given the amount of talent in this draft, the Jets can go after Marquis Lee, Odell Beckham Jr., Brandin Cooks or Kelvin Benjamin. On the defensive side, you have Milliner, but Antonio Cromartie departed and now there is a space to fill. Prospects such as Bradley Roby, Jason Verrett, Darqueze Dennard and Kyle Fuller could fit the bill also.

This might be the one year when fans and experts have no idea who the Jets will draft come May 8. There is already speculation that Smith will be riding the bench Week 1 with Vick taking control. If Vick appears under center, Johnson and Decker will need another talent on the field because Hill is too inconsistent. After weighing in on who the Jets will target, I believe this organization will call on a receiver the first night of the draft. Do you remember the last receiver the Jets picked in the first round? The answer is Santana Moss, 13 years ago in 2001; it’s time.

Jameel Shareef covers the Cincinnati Bengals for RantSports.comFollow him on Twitter @BornInCUSE, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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