The New York Jets need to add quality wide receiver depth in the 2017 NFL Draft. Here are three prospects they should consider drafting in the middle rounds.
The 2017 NFL Draft is less than four weeks away now and the New York Jets have some very important decisions to make as they rebuild their roster. One position that needs upgrading is wide receiver, now that Brandon Marshall has signed with the New York Giants. Although an enigma at times, the Jets will miss Marshall’s production because he was a true No. 1 wide receiver in the league when healthy.
As presently constituted, the wide receiver depth chart for Gang Green leaves something to be desired. Quincy Enunwa was the exception last year—the former sixth-round pick (2014) enjoyed his best season to date with 58 receptions for a team-high 857 yards and four touchdowns. Enunwa has some real upside and should continue to improve. He was one of the very few bright spots in a dismal 2016 campaign for New York.
Elsewhere, questions abound. Eric Decker played in just three games in 2016 due to rotator cuff surgery but is expected back by training camp. At age 30 though, how effective will he be going forward? New York’s other receivers—Charone Peake, Robby Anderson, Jalin Marshall, draft bust Devin Smith and newly-acquired Quinton Patton—are largely unproven. Their upside appears to be limited.
Let’s take a look at three wide receivers the Jets should consider drafting in the middle rounds of this year’s draft. Any of these players would provide Gang Green with excellent value at that point.