In order to be considered a true playoff contender, an organization must make bold moves in every aspect. They must realize what the main weaknesses are and address them immediately to start building a champion. The New York Jets have 12 draft picks in the upcoming 2014 NFL Draft and have plenty of flexibility in order to address many team needs.
The Jets need to add some quality offensive weapons via the draft if they are to compete this season, especially in the AFC East. Currently holding the 18th pick in the draft, the Jets are exploring options to trade away some of their picks and even players to get a top-10 pick. A top-10 pick in the draft opens up the door to an elite player who can immediately contribute as a starter.
Don’t think for a second that they are going to do something of this nature to acquire a quarterback (Johnny Football won’t be coming to New York), but rather for a top wide receiver. Which receiver has the Jets ready to pull the trigger on such a deal? Odell Beckham Jr.
Beckham is the ideal target and player the Jets have been looking to add for quite a while. They already acquired WR Eric Decker and want to build around guys like Jeremy Kerley and Stephen Hill. Grabbing a speedy wide receiver who has incredible hands like Beckham will only make those around him more productive.
Decker isn’t truly a No. 1 slot receiver as he thrives in the slot, so a player like Beckham can help the Jets offense use a ton of spread formations with plenty of viable throwing options.
Explosive once the football gets in his hands, Beckham gets plenty of yards after the catch and loves to haul in touchdowns. Not to mention, he excels on special teams and is a consistent punt and kickoff returner, which the Jets would also upgrade with this move.
Overall, if the Jets want to forget about their 8-8 season last year, they must take risky moves and bring in the best of the best. A high-caliber player will win plenty of games, and that makes a world of a difference between contenders and champions. The Jets have some tough choices to make if they want to be considered the latter.