Many are disappointed the New York Jets have not taken a wide receiver in the first three rounds of the 2014 NFL Draft, but I'm here to tell you not to be worried. As we have said for a while, this is an extremely deep receiving class, and for good reason. The Jets have nine selections on Day 3, three of which will come in the fourth round. Here are a few wide receivers still available:
Bruce Ellington (South Carolina) - 5'9", 197lbs. Ellington is extremely versatile. Not only can he return kicks, but he can work the short receiving game, he's an intermediate threat, and he can go vertical. He has excellent hands and makes extremely difficult catches. He's a phenomenal ball carrier that can spin, juke, etc. on the way to yards-after-catch. Furthermore, he's patient and has excellent balance. His weaknesses include getting open in zone coverage and is mostly used in the slot, so he doesn't have a ton of experience getting pressed off the line. Comparison: Victor Cruz.
Jared Abbrederis (Wisconsin) - 6'1", 195lbs. Abbrederis is known for his route running ability with top notch breaking ability, and is especially good at getting through press coverage. He's good at making difficult catches and can block as well. His weaknesses include a limited ability after the catch, so he might be a good fit in Marty Mornhinweg's West Coast Offense with its timing routes. Comparison: Marvin Jones.
Kevin Norwood (Alabama) - 6'2", 192lbs. Norwood is a prototypical possession receiver that has clutch hands. He isn't a burner but he can run routes at basically every level of the defense, He's very good at changing directions on the fly. Furthermore, he's an excellent blocker in a run-based scheme. He could stand to be more physical and isn't an electric receiver after the catch. Comparison: Marvin Harrison.
Michael Campanaro (Wake Forest) - 5'9", 192lbs. Like Abbrederis, Campanaro is an excellent route runner that excels from the slot. Campanaro is a prototypical slot receiver that can cut on a dime especially on short and intermediate routes. He has a knack for finding the hole in a zone. He's also an excellent pass catcher with soft hands. His weakness is that he isn't a particularly physical player and needs some development in that respect. Comparison: Wes Welker.
Jeremy Gallon (Michigan) - 5'7", 185lbs. Gallon is short, but not small. He plays much bigger than what he's listed and with a 39.5" vertical leap, can get up there as well as anyone else. He can do everything you ask, include run every route in the tree, and he's a good blocker to boot. Personally, Gallon is my favorite late round wide receiver. Although he's strong for his size, however, he's going to need to get stronger in an NFL weight room if he doesn't want to get pushed around on the field. Comparison: Steve Smith.
Brandon Coleman (Rutgers) - 6'6", 225lbs. Coleman is a big bodied receiver that can get deep in a hurry. He has excellent tracking ability and can catch difficult passes. He sometimes drops easy passes though and sometimes doesn't use his size enough to impose his will on defenders. He's a definite project but with his physical gifts is worth a late round flyer. Comparison: Jon Baldwin.
Martavis Bryant (Clemson) - 6'3", 211. With physical gifts similar to Stephen Hill, Bryant is a big play threat. He can get deep and he can go up for the ball. He needs to work on his catching technique and has limited experience with the full route tree. Comparison: Justin Hunter.