Here's the thing. There are four guys in my mind that should be in the conversation to be taken by the Jets at 18: Eric Ebron, Odell Beckham, Brandin Cooks and Darqueze Dennard. Some think Ebron will be off the board by then, but if he's there don't you infuse that talent into the offense with a WR/TE hybrid matchup nightmare? Then again, the only way we're getting a true compliment to Decker on the other side is if we draft a receiver, such as Beckham or Cooks. But we really need another corner and Dennard is the perfect match for Rex's D.
This is where I have my dilemma. I'd be thrilled with any of the four being our first pick. But say we take Dennard; by the time we get to 49, all of the top, immediate game-changing receiving options are gone: Beckham, Watkins, Evans, Cooks, Robinson, Matthews, Lee, Benjamin, Ebron, Amaro: gone. That would throw us into the tier of Davante Adams, Martavius Bryant, Paul Richarson and Brandon Coleman. And I mean they'd all be fine but outside of maybe Adams, they're project guys; and we all know how our last second round project receiver went...
On the flip side, we take a studley receiving option at 18 and risk watching the premier secondary talent fall off the board; and personally I think we're hurting more back there than we are at wideout. Dennard, Gilbert, Fuller, Roby, Verrett; all probably gone. And I for one would even be open to them taking a safety with one of the first two picks, but guys like Ward, Pryor, Joyner and Clinton-Dix, the step-right-in-and-start guys, will all be gone too. Sure there's the Phillip Gaines' and the Marcus Robersons' of the world, but I think most fans would be less than thrilled with anyone out of the top 3 at each position.
As far as the franchise goes, these first two picks are some of the most important ones the Jets have had in a very, very long time and they need to be handled with care...and maybe a crazy thought process like this one.
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