The New York Jets have been very adamant about their desire to get another wide receiver this offseason, and it is starting to sound like they are targeting one of the NFL Draft’s top receivers.
According to reports from NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Jets are targeting a trade up into the top-10, and could very well be looking at selecting LSU’s Odell Beckham Jr. Beckham Jr. has been flying up the draft boards recently, and he would be a very nice fit for the Jets.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 6, 2014
This is certainly a very intriguing piece of news, but has to be taken with a grain of salt. The Jets could be targeting a move for Mike Evans if he’s still available, and that would likely be the better selection of the two. New York signed free agent wide receiver Eric Decker this offseason, but would like one more piece to go along with him on the other side of the field.
In 13 games with LSU last season, Beckham caught 59 passes for a total of 1,152 yards and eight touchdowns. He has excellent playmaking ability in the open field and is a solid route runner as well. The Jets would be getting a very nice, young piece to help grow their passing game around. Unfortunately, they are looking to make a move for a young receiver in large part to the poor play of Stephen Hill, who was expected to be a big pickup in the draft a couple years back.
Overall, the Jets are likely looking to do anything they can to make a splash on draft day. Moving up into the top-10 is going to require a hefty price, so it is possible that things could change and New York could look to move into the top-15 instead. Don’t be surprised to hear more rumors about the Jets wheeling and dealing over the next couple of days.