Jets Draft Team Needs: Wide Receiver

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

The roster is never set for the season in the beginning of April, as the five starting rookies from last season can attest.  With twelve picks in what has been stated is one of the deepest draft classes in recent memory, the Jets still have areas of need.  With those twelve picks, we fully expect them to fill those needs between now and next Sunday.  Here’s our quick look at the Jets positions of need and some players that might end up with the Jets.  Next up, wide receiver.

Current Status: The Jets landed one of the best receivers in free agency when they brought in Eric Decker from the Broncos.  Even so, the Jets need to consider finding a young prospect who can take on the No. 1 mantel for this team in time.  Jeremy Kerley could soar in a slot role this season and David Nelson is a nice short yardage and red zone threat for the team, but the questions around Stephen Hill’s future make finding another pass-catcher a distinct reality.

Day One Options: Odell Beckham Jr. (LSU), Brandin Cooks (Oregon State), Marqise Lee (University of Southern California)

NFL: CombineSammy Watkins (Clemson) and Mike Evans (Texas A&M) would be holy grails (size, speed, NFL ready hands) for this Jets team, but for the Jets to get either player, they would have too move up to the top ten.  Odell Beckham Jr. might still be there for the Jets at 18, but he too might be gone by the time the Jets draft at 18 because he’s the third ranked receiver and there are many teams with receiver needs ahead of the Jets.  Rotoworld’s Josh Norris wrote back in March that “Beckham Jr. is the third ranked receiver in this class, but it would not shock me if he ultimately ended up the best of the group.”  Beckham was the Tigers’ deep threat, something that would work well with either Smith or Vick as the team’s quarterback.  Beckham might have average size, but combines speed with explosiveness and good hands.  Brandin Cooks is small, but could the deep speed threat to help the Jets stretch a defense.  Cooks seems like this year’s best approximation of the DeSean Jackson role that Marty Mornhinweg has been looking to fill since arriving in New York last year.  Morhinweg attended Cooks’ pro day personally to see him up close, before Cooks took an invite from the Jets.  Another player in the mix at the middle of the first round is USC’s Marqise Lee who had to deal with a lot of nonsense at USC in 2013 which put a damper on his 2012 production.

Day Two Options: Cody Latimer (Indiana), Donte Moncrief (Ole Miss), Paul Richardson (Colorado), Jordan Matthews (Vanderbilt)

USATSI_7574575_110579513_lowresThere’s a lot of compelling Day Two options, but it might depend on just where the run on second-day receivers starts.  Latimer has been rocketing up draft boards, but I still think he might be available at the middle of the second round, assuming three or four receivers go off the board in the first 17 picks of the first round.  Latimer is fast and strong but needs some polishing of his technique.  Donte Moncrief might be a player that the Jets are quietly hoping lasts to their second round draft pick.   Big and fast, he might not have the burst that some of the first round players have, but he projects well for the NFL.  Richardson has a slight frame (6’0″ 170 lbs), but he looks like another NFL deep threat based on his speed and hands.  Jordan Matthews will likely last into the third round, but works well against off coverage and has demonstrated strong hands at times.  He’s also shown a promising ability to create yards after the catch, but does best in screen situations.

Day Three Options: Kevin Norwood (Alabama), Josh Huff (Oregon), John Brown (Pittsburgh State), Matt Hazel (Coastal Carolina)

NCAA Football: Senior BowlKevin Norwood is an older (24) prospect with a lanky frame who could benefit from an NFL conditioning schedule and to work on his pad level, but the former Alabama receiver has decent size and speed with consistent hands.  Huff has big-play potential, but has had some concentration lapses during his time at Oregon.  Brown is a D-II prospect and is fast (4.3 40 yard dash) but diminutive and might have reached his physical max based on his body type.  Hazel is a technically sound receiver with consistent hands and can create separation.  Moving up from the sub-conference might make for a longer transition for Hazel, but the receiver could be a contributor at the NFL with a little patience.




115 comments
WW85
WW85

Are the Nets the sleepers of the playoffs?

DrJonathanReefer
DrJonathanReefer

funny, i read that a guy who dominated almost every game and broke s tons of records, won't be good when pads are on. But a guy who only had 2 good games with the pads on, would be better?


I don't get it. Cooks all day if Evans doesn't fall. Lee after that.


Measurable + Production = the way to go. 


Not saying OBJ wont be good, but he is by far  the biggest 1st round risk.

idothis2
idothis2

all i want is a receiver that can iso on revis with a stutter and go and catch a 70 yd bomb on revis for a td the 1st play of the game. sadly, i dont know if that player is in this draft

WW85
WW85

Cooks is better than OBJ by EVERY SINGLE measure imaginable.  Cooks was more productive even though he was double teamed constantly. Cooks had far more yardage, more catches in every part of the field, a higher % of long balls targeted & caught. OBJ had Landry on the other side to draw coverage. Who did Cooks have? Cooks has the lowest drop rate of any of the major WRs. Cooks is the fastst Wr in the entire class. Cooks is stronger than ANY of the 1st rounders: 17 lifts vs 7 for OBJ. It has been reported that Cooks has the strongest hands of any WR. 


The ONLY REASON anybody likes ODB better is because he is 1.5" inches taller with   a higher vertical as well. That's it. There are fears that Cooks will end up being a slot WR because of the height. 


Steve Smith is 5-9.  Desean Jackson 5-10. 


The fact is if Cooks was 6ft  he'd be in the top 10 in this draft. Des Trufant said he was one of the toughest WRs he ever covered & this was when Cooks was a sophomore & less productive than 2013. 



Brendan
Brendan

@PFF: Geno Smith graded at +6.5 with a QB rating of 88.4 on passes between 21-30 yds. On passes 31+ yds, -4.1 grade and 20.2 QB Rating


Interesting stat. 

Marvel
Marvel

Cooks doesn't get caught from behind.. come the f on...

Zartan
Zartan

IF Idzik can pull off Cooks and Fuller, dude would be King of NY in my book. 

gbrownn
gbrownn

I really think Kelvin Benjamin should be considered as a day 1 option depending on how the board shakes out. The guy makes plays when the ball is in the air.  If we had Benjamin and Decker on the outside, coupled with Kerley and guy like ASJ or Amaro in the middle, from a size standpoint, we would really be ale to rough some teams up. Defenders don't like punishment anymore than offensive guys do.

Pat d
Pat d

Lee, Niklas would be good

Brendan
Brendan

@idothis2  Or in the league, but yeah that's a reasonable expectation to have. 

a57se
a57se

@WW85  

So if anyone doesn't share your expert opinion?

Steven Windeler
Steven Windeler

@WW85 Well there is the fact that OJB runs a lot more deep routes than cooks.

juunit
juunit

@Brendan  

I'd said coming out that his deep throws left a lot to be desired. I think people got fooled by his overall deep passing numbers which all essentially came in the Buffalo game. Remember when he was tops in the NFL behind only Aaron Rodgers? But I'm pretty sure he had a lot of his INTs come on those long balls. 

I'd be interested to see how he graded out on passes to the middle and outside the hashes too. I'd imagine he was best throwing to the middle of the field, as he was in college. 

Steven Windeler
Steven Windeler

@Brendan We'll see if Decker changes that. I think the only thing wrong with Decker is he's melatoninally challenged. He runs around a 4.45 40, he can use his body to direct the db, and  he can make all the catches 

idothis2
idothis2

@Marvel

At 5:53 in the video below cooks catches the ball with a few steps on the db with a clear path to the endzone and is caught from behind. there was nothing angular about this play. it can happen

Brendan
Brendan

@Marvel  I haven't seen it, but Lord 57 said it's on scouting reports, so it must be so!

WW85
WW85

@gbrownn  After watching Benjamin interviewed on NFLN, I was not impressed. He seems like a pretty selfish dude. Maybe he just had a bad day or whatever. 

Pat d
Pat d

Benjamin and Decker are the same guy. The short and intermediate routes would be a traffic jam and easy to defend. Lee, Beckham or Cooks is a better fit.

idothis2
idothis2

@Brendan @idothis2 

kinda funny, but reports were that Hill burned revis deep a few times in practice that opened eyes. i think Marty would love to make the same statement to revis that he made to landry when he played for the redskins. that bomb to desean was beautiful

JCuratola3
JCuratola3

@a57se @WW85  Its not an opinion, he is posting facts. Facts that go against your ODB is the best WR in the draft theory. Cooks is the BEST WR in this group. The only reason he isnt getting picked in the top10 is because of his height. 

WW85
WW85

People are entitled to pick OBJ. I have no issue with that. Just state what you're basing it on. To say that OBJ has better hands or is faster is just not proven by facts. If you want to say that OBJ will be better in the NFL bc he has a bigger reach, that's an argument. But nothing OBJ did in college proves he's better than Cooks. We'll never know what would have happened if OBJ played for OSU & Cooks played for LSU. But there are a lot of real stats & tape we can look at.

Brendan
Brendan

@Steven Windeler And if they get a good downfield receiver in the draft, I'd think that would help also. Cooks or ODB could either make those plays themselves or open it up so Decker can make them. 

Marvel
Marvel

@Brendan

 so many options, it's OK to not want a guy in favor of someone else but Cooks is only bad at being tall...that's it.


Caught from behind and getting angled off ate two different things, like you said.


Steven Windeler
Steven Windeler

@Pat d Decker is a lot faster than Benjamin. Decker is faster than Lee.

gbrownn
gbrownn

@Pat d If they turn out to be the same guy, I think we made out alright. Those guys are true match up problems on the outside. Not too many secondaries would e able to match up with us. If we take Kelvin in the first I'd like for us to pick up another WR later, preferably a speedy guy like say Herron to complement Decker,Kerley, and Benjamin

Brendan
Brendan

@a57se Yes, mock the people who are critical of the 2nd round pick you were higher than anyone on who has been an overall disappointment, that'll show 'em!

a57se
a57se

@idothis2 @WW85 

Oh no, all Hill does now is suck his thumb on the field and drop passes cause his fingers are slippery!

WW85
WW85

@idothis2  It was Hill's first practice.He burned Revis & ripped the ball away from him.  I don't think it ever happened again.

WW85
WW85

@DrJonathanReefer  I'd love Landry in rd 2. Can you imagine Cooks than Landry  Or Cooks then Latimer?  WOW

DrJonathanReefer
DrJonathanReefer

@WW85  


Also that diverse offense that ran the ball all the time, didn't stop Landry from having a better year and many better games then OBJ.


Fully on the Cooks wagon.  If they go WR I hope its him.

WW85
WW85

The stats are catches past 20 yds. Cooks was the focus of the offense & OBJ was not. So it's not completely fair to OBJ as he was in a more diverse offense. At the same time Cooks was always doubled. 

Hazard2012
Hazard2012

@Brendan @Hazard2012  


Me, too.   I'm all for moving down in the first, however, providing we're still guaranteed one of the BPA's on our board.  The extra pick could turn into that TE, LB, OL or second quality WR we might otherwise miss out on.   I think we can find a quality CB in rounds 3-4 given the depth of this draft.     

Brendan
Brendan

@Hazard2012 Oh, it's incredibly unlikely (borderline impossible), but that's the only way I can see it happening. At that point, I'd rather just keep the picks and draft a CB that's available. 

Hazard2012
Hazard2012

@Brendan @Hazard2012  


Still don't see it, especially since it'll take more than one extra pick to move up far enough where Fuller's still there.   Sounds a bit too much like Trader Tann to me...Think there's a better chance of Roby falling to within reach in the 2nd.    

Brendan
Brendan

@Hazard2012 I think the most likely scenario is Cooks at 18 and then trading back up in the late first/early 2nd if Fuller slides there. 

Hazard2012
Hazard2012

@a57se @Hazard2012 @Zartan  


Hey, I suppose it's possible...certainly desirable.   Maybe if you move back several times to collect additional top picks but still get Cooks, then bundle those extra 2's and 3's to move back up to late first/early second to grab Fuller...but you'd have as good a chance for Idzik to land Clowney.  

jdawggg
jdawggg

@WW85 @gbrownn  I recently read a good book, Muck City, which follows Benjamin's high school football team for his senior year.  Book isn't just about Benjamin but the team as a whole, and the troubles they all face.  Worth a read.


Anyway, Benjamin doesn't come out looking great.  Of course, it describes his freakish size and his abilities, but he seems to be willing to rely on that, not work hard, and not such a team player..  Let himself get out of shape before going to FSU.  


With the right motivation he can be a star, but I don't want to use the 18th pick on someone whose motivation and work ethic is a question mark.  I'd be happy to get him in the second though, at worse he should be a top red zone weapon.   

WW85
WW85

@gbrownn He was very non chalant. They asked him if he'd be willing to learn how to play TE & he said no. It  just fits in with the image of him declining a workout for a scout.  Wouldn't you be on your best behavior on NFLN?

gbrownn
gbrownn

@Pat d Their size is what makes them uncoverable. They'll dictate coverage because not too many secondaries can man up one on one with 2 6'2 plus size receiver on the outside. Decker has shown an ability to get downfield in his own right. I don't see how the speedy guy still can't play in your scenario.4 WR's on the field is pretty common these days in the NFL.

Pat d
Pat d

Decker, Benjamin, Kerley and a TE will not stretch the field. A speedy WR taken later in the draft would not help since he would be on the bench.

gbrownn
gbrownn

@Pat d They can stretch the field though. Just because they're big doesn't mean they can't get deep. Decker was pretty successful at running all kinds of routes throughout the course of his career. Big guys like this don't need a step on a guy to be truly "open", their catch radius's make them open on pretty much every play. And I said if we did go with Benjamin I would still like to pick up a true "speed" guy later in the draft.

Pat d
Pat d

Decker was successful in Denver because he was lined up opposite Thomas. Two tall WR that can't stretch the field would be easy to defend.