ESPN had an NFL experts panel answer 50 questions on a number of questions from around the league. There were a few that touched on issues with the Jets, but none more directly Jets related than this one:
Who is the best playmaker the New York Jets could take in the first round (No. 18) to make this offense more dynamic in 2014?
McShay: It all depends on who is available when the Jets are on the clock, but three guys in particular jump out at me as good options for the Jets at No. 18: Clemson’s Sammy Watkins is the most talented and has the best skill set of any wide receiver in this draft; USC’s Marqise Lee isn’t the biggest receiver, but he has big league speed both as a route-runner and after the catch; Texas A&M’s Mike Evans is the third-ranked WR on our board, so he could slide to the Jets, but he’s so impressive on tape that it wouldn’t surprise me if he is the first receiver off the board. No receiver in this class is better at going up and getting the ball than Evans.
Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.comThe Jets desperately need to add more talent at the receiver position to help Jeremy Kerley and David Nelson round out one of the least efficient passing offenses from the 2013 season. 2012 second rounder Stephen Hill hasn’t realized the upside the team saw in him when they drafted him under Mike Tannenbaum and while John Idzik might have assured Hill that the team has a plan for the young receiver, that plan might involve fishing or cutting bait if he doesn’t see marked improvement in his third year.
The Jets do need to find upgrades to their offense and adding a dynamic pass catcher seems to be the the consensus from most anyone writing up mock drafts these days. While it is still early, this 2014 draft class has the potential to be the with six first round receivers since 2009. Any of the players mentioned above by McShay would seem to be a welcome addition to the Jets, but beyond drafting a player who can come in and produce in year one, the Jets will also need to add legitimate WR2 talent through free agency.
We’ll be sure to post a few more interesting questions and answers in the next few days and how they apply to the Jets from this article …