By Greg Sulik @GregSulik on May 1, 2014
Everyone knows how big a need wide receiver is for the New York Jets, and they have been linked to almost every wideout available. However, who is the best fit for them? This is not a standard ranking of the players, but rather a list of who the Jets should be and most likely are targeting, based on scheme fit and draft projection. These five players are names Jets fans should learn, because they could be saying them for a long time.
With the signing of Eric Decker, the Jets now need a faster receiver to complement him on the other side. Bruce Ellington is an explosive athlete and precise route runner with good hands, making him a good fit for the Jets’ offense and a nice complement to Decker. He is projected in the 2-3 round range, and he would make a lot of sense for the Jets if he slides into the third or the Jets trade back in the second.
The Jets are high on Odell Beckham, but the reason he only comes in at fourth on this list is doubts about whether or not he’ll actually be on the board at No. 18. Beckham brings an athletic deep threat that the Jets desperately need, and his stock has risen significantly lately. If he’s there, the Jets will probably take him, but it’s far from a guarantee he will be.
Marqise Lee’s stock has taken a hit lately, but in my opinion a lot of that is due to over-analysis and familiarity. Lee is still a precision route runner who has arguably the best hands in the draft, even if he’s not an elite athlete. Lee is the definition of pro-ready, and he is a very safe pick who is a strong fit for the Jets. If they want guaranteed production as a rookie, they could end up going after Lee.
The Jets love Jordan Matthews, perhaps more than any other team. He is a big receiver who showed surprising speed at the combine, and he was very productive at Vanderbilt. Matthews is actually very similar to Decker, but that won’t scare the Jets away. If the Jets go corner in the first round, they will almost certainly be targeting Matthews in the second.
Brandin Cooks has become the player most commonly linked to the Jets lately. The diminutive Oregon State star was highly productive in college and ran the fastest 40 time for receivers at the combine. He projects as more of a slot receiver, but he is simply a weapon offensively. The Jets need big play threats, and Cooks is one of the best in the draft. When it’s all said and done, he is the player most likely to be a Jet come next Thursday.
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