Meegan’s Top 10 WR Big Board

Chris Hogan started games for the Jets at wide receiver  in 2020.  Yes the same Chris Hogan who recently declared his candidacy for  the Premier Lacrosse League Draft.  Outside of Denzel Mims this position group needs a massive overhaul and the Jets should be aggressive in free agency as well as the draft.  After “Grinding” the film here are my top 10 WR’s for the 2021 draft.

#1: Devonta Smith – WR, Alabama | Age 22 | Pro Comparison: Marvin Harrison

Smith is 6″1 175 lbs. He is not a burner with 4.3 speed but he all he does is get open.  Smith has the best hands in the class can play both in the slot and outside and he can run every route.  When the famous Alabama Four all played together in 2019 Smith outproduced Jeudy and Ruggs with 1256 yards and 14 TD’s went back to school and finished with 1856 yards 23 TD’s in 2020.  I do not think Smith has the highest ceiling of the top WR’s in this class but I am confident 15 years from now when his career is over he is just going to be a guy who racks up 10,000 plus career yards and 50+ TDs.

#2: Ja’Marr Chase – WR, LSU | Age 21 | Pro Comparison: AJ Brown

Chase dominated college football in 2019 during LSU’s going for 1780 yards and 20 TD’s.  He is so physical as a WR constantly bullying opposing corners and dominating at the catch point.  He is great after the catch and constantly breaks tackles like a power RB would.  Chase is a bona fide WR1 at the next level and is going to be really good for a really long time.

#3: Jaylen Waddle – WR, Alabama | Age 22 | Pro Comparison: Santanna Moss

Waddle is a dynamic WR.  He has real 4.2 speed and his shiftiness and ability to change direction made him impossible to cover in college.   He is the most dangerous WR in this class with the ball in his hands consistently eliminating angles on defenders and leaving them in the dust.  If Waddle can put together a full route tree there is no one with a higher ceiling in this class.

 

#4: Rashod Bateman WR, Minnesota | Age 21 | Pro Comparison: Allen Robinson

Bateman has the most extensive route tree and the best releases off the line of any WR in this class.  He has got ideal size at 6’2 210 lbs. and can consistently win on the outside as well as in the slot.   Bateman has more juice after the catch then he gets credit for.  Bateman is going to be a high level X WR at the next level and should hit the ground running from day 1.

 

#5: Elijah Moore – WR, Ole Miss | Age 21 | Pro Comparison: Brandin Cooks

Moore exploded this year with Lane Kiffins arrival in Oxford going for 1193 yards and 8 TDs in just 8 games.  Moore can consistently win at all 3 levels, is amazing after the catch, and is really good at contested catch situations especially for a smaller WR at 5″9 185.  I love Moore  and will be tweeting non stop for the Jets to take him on Day 2 as he is perfect for this offense and would pair excellently with Denzel Mims.

#6: Rondale Moore – WR, Purdue | Age 20 | Pro Comparison: Steve Smith

Moore might be the biggest wildcard in this whole class.  He exploded as a true freshmen in 2018 going for 1471 yards from scrimmage and 14 TDs but soft tissue injuries limited him to only 7 games the following 2 years.  Moore is a freak athlete with 4.3 speed and incredible play strength inside a 5″9 185 pound body.   He was used in a mostly gadget role at Purdue with a majority of his targets coming within 5 yards of the line of scrimmage.  He is dynamic after the catch with tremendous burst and agility making him a threat to score every time he touches the ball.  The injuries are concerning and Moore needs to diversify his route tree a little more but he can a really exciting skill player at the next level for any team.

 

#7: Dyami Brown – WR, UNC | Age 21 | Pro Comparison: Michael Gallup

Brown is a pure vertical threat in every sense of the world.  He ran an almost exclusive vertical route tree at UNC averaging 20 yards a catch and going for over 1000 yards in 2019 and 2020.  Brown does not have the typical top end speed deep threats have but he does a fantastic job tracking the ball and winning at the catch point for a smaller WR at 6 FT 185 lbs.  I think Brown was unfairly put in a box at UNC as he is a really willing blocker in the run game and showed some real juice after the catch when given the opportunity.  At the next level his ability to win vertically is always going to be a threat and I think that is going to make it easier for him to snap off intermediate routes and Brown will be a really good WR who can win at all 3 levels.

 

#8: Terrace Marshall Jr – WR, LSU | Age 21 | Pro Comparison: DJ Chark

Terrance Marshall is your carbon copy height, weight, speed WR.  At 6″3 200 lbs. Marshall can fly and really blossomed as a number one option in 2020 after being a secondary player on the 2019 LSU championship team.  Marshall is a real position less  WR as he can play X, Z, or in the slot at the next level.  Marshall has a real nose for the end zone as he reeled in 23 TDs the past 2 seasons where 24 percent of his total receptions were TDs.   Marshall is just a rock solid WR prospect whose versatility is going to be very attractive to a lot of NFL teams.

#9: Kadarius Toney – WR, Florida | Age 22 | Pro Comparison: Santonio Holmes

Toney finally broke out as a senior at Florida going for 1145 yards from scrimmage.  Toney is a human joystick his acceleration and shiftiness make him an absolute nightmare to deal with when he has got the ball in his hands.    Toney was used in a gadget role at Florida and he is going to have to expand his route tree to be impactful at the next level.  Toney needs some polish to his game but if he straighten that out he is going to be a fun one to watch for a long time.

 

#10: Tylan Wallace – WR, Oklahoma State | Age 21 | Pro Comparison: Jarvis Landry

Wallace rebounded nicely from his 2019 knee injury and showed everyone that he had not lost anything in 2020.  Wallace is explosive off the line of scrimmage creating separation early and often.  He is really good at contested catches especially being only 5’11 190 lbs. which just exemplifies the toughens he plays with at every snap.  Wallace needs to be more dynamic with the ball in his hands in his hands  as he is going to be a guy who works primarily in the short/ intermediate game but if he can improve on that he is going to be a really nice WR2-WR3 at the next level.

Draft SZN: The WR Show!

On this episode of Draft SZN, the guys discuss the WRs of the 2021 Draft Class.

On this episode of Draft SZN, DA Osorio, Joe Belic, Michael Meegan, and James Kuntz discuss the 2021 WR Draft Class from a Jets perspective. They analyze a variety of prospects and topics including:

-How good is Jaylen Waddle? Can he make it to pick 23?

-Who’s a better fit for the Deebo Samuel role in this offense: Kadarious Toney or Rondale Moore?

-Would you rather have Ja’Marr Chase or Amari Cooper?

-The route-running prowess of Elijah Moore

-And several other WRs the Jets should be targeting in the Draft!

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Draft SZN: Listener Mock Drafts, CBs, and the QB2 Debate (ft. Mark Schofield)

The guys talk with special guest Mark Schofield of USA Today about QBs.

A New Episode of Draft SZN! Special Guest Mark Schofield joins the guys to discuss the QBs, while Dalbin Osorio, Joe Belic, and Michael Meegan discuss CBs and tackle a listener mock draft!

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Meegan’s Mock Draft 1.0

Michael Meegan offers his first mock draft of 2021.

It has long been Draft SZN in the land of the New York Jets as it has felt like everyone has been looking forward to the offseason since the 2020 New York Jets got ran off the field by the 49ers backups in Week 2. Since then the Jets have hired Robert Saleh and him and Joe Douglas are now tasked with building this roster for the foreseeable future. I tried my best to get in the minds of this beautiful, bald Duo with the 1.0 Version of my Jets 4 Round Mock Draft.

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The Sam Darnold Farewell

Michael Meegan with his farewell to Sam Darnold

Sam Darnold has been a hot button issue with Jets fans all season.  Most have moved on from him entirely, some want only Trevor Lawrence and if he cannot be had they want Sam back at QB, and there are some who say “Sam is not the issue trade the pick get him a real coach real weapons and you will see!” I thought best to give my thoughts on a player I once would not have traded for anyone outside of Patrick Mahomes.

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New York Jets – 2021 Building Blocks

Michael Meegan on the New York Jets 2021 building blocks

When building a roster in the NFL the 5 most vital positions in my eyes are QB, OT, Edge, CB, and WR.  When you look at all the best teams in the NFL you will normally find them to be deep at these positions.  The 2020 New York Jets are a horrible football team that needs its coaching staff and roster completely overhauled.  While they do not inspire much hope on Sundays they do have some potential building blocks that are going to be key parts of the team when Joe Douglas hopefully turns this roster around rather quickly. 

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New York Jets – The Case For Joe Brady

Michael Meegan with the case for the New York Jets to hire Joe Brady as their next Head Coach…

Adam Gase will eventually be gone.  It could be this Monday it could be Tuesday after the bye it could be on Black Monday week 17.  Joe Douglas needs to get the hire of the next HC right as he likely will not get a second chance to hire another one.  Many candidates have come to head from all different walks of football.  Today I will make the case for one, If the Jets want to go out and hire an NFL coordinator it should be Carolina Panthers OC Joe Brady.

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New York Jets – How Does Joe Douglas Find Success In New York?

Michael Meegan

The Adam Gase Era is the worst I have seen in my 23 years as a Jets fan.  He is by far the worst HC in the current NFL and every week he is still employed by this franchise is befuddling. Adam Gase has only done one thing right during his time as he was an instrumental part in getting Joe Douglas to be the GM of the Jets.  Now some will say that the media narrative of Gase and Douglas bromance dating back to their time in Chicago is overblown and is not the reason Douglas took the job and with that I agree. 

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The 2020 New York Jets Game Of Thrones Guide…

Michael Meegan with your ultimate 2020 New York Jets to Game Of Thrones comparison guide…

The Jets on the field in 2020 are unwatchable.  They stink on defense, they stink on offense, their coaching is atrocious.  Off the field they are way more entertaining as the dysfunction, backstabbing, and gross incompetence is really reminiscent of the HBO series Game of Thrones.  Instead of torturing myself with thinking about why Adam Gase was not fired after the Denver game I decided to reimagine One Jets Drive as Westeros.

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