It’s no secret that wide receiver is one of the most urgent needs for the New York Jets as they look at bettering their team through free agency and the NFL Draft. Free agency kicks off in less than a month, and already the Jets are rumored to have interest in pending free agents Jeremy Maclin and Emannuel Sanders. While Sanders and/or Maclin might be a boost to this offense, what about thinking longer term? It has been a long time since the Jets have drafted and grown their own true top receiver.
On Tuesday NFL Network’s draft guru Mike Mayock answered questions from reporters on a conference call. According to Around The League‘s Dan Hanzus, Mayock was asked if the Jets might have interest in the receivers of this draft class.
“I wouldn’t be surprised at all, if the Jets pick multiple wide receivers this year,” Mayock told reporters. “You’re sitting there at [the 18th pick], I’ve said earlier I think any one of three receivers sitting there. Marqise Lee who is a different guy that fits in that slot, outside and helps in the return game, versus the two big-bodied guys — Evans and Benjamin.
“I think all three of them are talented enough to work with that group. (Jeremy) Kerley’s already a slot, Holmes is at the end of his career,Stephen Hill’s an outside guy. I just think you pick less about X’s and O’s … my perspective would be you can’t go wrong with Marqise Lee or Mike Evans.”
Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.comWith the potential for double digit picks and major needs scattered across the offense, it would make sense that the Jets would make some long-term investments in the receiver spot. The Jets might make a foray into free agency at the quarterback spot, but more than likely Geno Smith will be back as the starter again in 2014. Smith might yet have a lot of work to do, but adding a better supporting cast for him at receiver makes a lot of sense since it seems extremely unlikely the Jets will be able to obtain a quarterback this offseason that will give Smith a real run for his money.
As far as the actual players Mayock mentions? If Mike Evans is still available to the Jets at the 18th pick, Radio City Music Hall might be a very happy place come May 8th.