Much to their fan’s chagrin, the New York Jets went with an offensive tackle over a wide receiver in the first round. Good news, they can still get a good WR in the second.
Many Gang Green fans wanted the team to take a big-play wide receiver with the 11th overall draft pick, Thursday night. They believe quarterback Sam Darnold needs a deep-threat to help him reach the next stage of his development. Instead of going that route, New York Jets General Manager decided to protect his franchise signal-caller and selected offensive tackle, Mekhi Becton.
The 6-7, 365-pound behemoth from Louisville, with 5.1-second, 40-yard dash speed, is now Darnold’s blindside protector. After all, he can’t complete many passes lying on his back. Additionally, Becton gives bell-cow running back Le’Veon Bell a “snowplow” to run behind.
Never fear, the New York Jets pick 16th in the second round (48th overall), and there are plenty of good receivers still available. Douglas could even trade up a few spots if necessary. These are the top five receivers Gang Green should target in Round 2.
5. Chase Claypool, Notre Dame
Chase Claypool may be the most unique receiver in this draft class. He is physically gifted with a 40.5-inch vertical leap and 4.42-second, 40-yard dash time. Throw in the fact that he is 6-4, near 240-pounds, and built like Michelangelo’s famous sculpture of David with the strength to match. It’s unfair for defensive backs trying to cover him. Claypool will have to learn how to get separation (especially in press coverage) to maximize his potential in the NFL.