It would be a shock if the New York Jets didn’t draft at a wide receiver with one of their ten picks in the NFL Draft next week. Their current depth chart beyond Santonio Holmes is second year slot receiver Jeremy Kerley, injury prone Chaz Schilens and reserve Patrick Turner.
There has been some speculation they could end up with Notre Dame’s Michael Floyd in the first round but it is both highly unlikely he will fall to them and that they would even choose him if he was on the board at that point. They have more pressing needs at pass rusher and safety. It is more likely the Jets will spend either their 2nd, 3rd, 5th or one of their 6th or 7th round picks on a receiver. Let’s review some of the players they could target in later rounds –
Alshon Jeffery, South Carolina – 6’3, 216 pounds, 4.48 forty – Jeffery would be a second round target. He was highly productive in college but there are questions about his ability to separate and keep his weight down. Apparently Jeffery loves to eat and has a tough time keeping weight off. I am not sure if you want him around Rex Ryan. In all seriousness, the Jets would probably take a long look at him with their 2nd rounder if he was still available and he has the ability to compete immediately for a starting position.
Mohamed Sanu, Rutgers – 6’2, 211 pounds, 4.67 forty – There is more of a chance of him being available than Jeffery for the Jets in round two but I am not sure how high they are on him. I think they’d like a guy with a little more size and speed. Sanu is a crisp route runner with very good hands but he won’t provide many explosive plays at the next level.
Reuben Randle, LSU – 6’3, 210 pounds, 4.55 forty – Another second round target. Many are projecting Randle to be a solid possession receiver at the next level but question his ability to consistently get separation and create big plays.
Nick Toon, Wisconsin – 6’2, 215 pounds, 4.54 forty – A third round target. Toon has been a player Jets fans have been calling for since last college football season simply because of his last name. He is the son of former Jets great Al Toon. He would be a very good value pick at this point. Toon does everything well but nothing great and lacks top end speed. However, I wouldn’t be surprised if he stepped right into being a productive starter.
Brian Quick, Appalachian State – 6’4, 220 pounds, 4.55 forty – A third round target who was productive throughout his college career. He projects as a very good red-zone threat. But can he consistently get separation between the 20s?
Joe Adams, Arkansas – 5’11, 179 pounds, 4.55 forty – He lacks the size the Jets are looking for but plays quicker than his forty time. He also runs well after the catch. The problem is he might best suited for the slot, where the Jets already have Jeremy Kerley ready to take over full time. Adams is generally projected as a 4th round player so the Jets may have to move up from their 5th round selection to get him.
Marvin McNutt, Iowa – 6’3, 215 pounds, 4.54 forty – A mid-round prospect who could end up producing more than many of the players selected in front of him. He has the skill set the Jets desperately need with his combination of size and speed. McNutt made his share of big plays down the field in college despite questions about his ability to gain separation against top end cornerbacks.
Gerrell Robinson, Arizona State – 6’3, 227 pounds, 4.62 forty – Great size but doesn’t have good outside speed. Many think he is a one year wonder who could be a bust at the next level. Robinson would be 6th or 7th round pick and could be worth a flier with one of the team’s compensatory picks.
T.J. Graham, North Carolina State – 5’11, 188 pounds, 4.41 forty – A burner who has the ability to return kicks. He wasn’t highly productive in college but could be a good deep threat and special teams player. Another 6th or 7th round prospect.