The loudest secret within the NFL is the Jets need to add receiver assist for Zach Wilson.
The league has proven the easiest way to maximise a younger QB’s growth is encompass him with a plethora of weapons. It’s quarterback growth 101. The one query is how, precisely, the Jets go about getting theirs.
One polarizing choice is Alabama’s Jameson Williams with the No. 10 total choose.
Staff sources love Williams’ as a result of he would add an explosiveness to the offense that was lacking final 12 months.
Think about Elijah Moore’s shift and dynamic route working with Corey Davis’s stable all-around receiving skill paired with Williams’s pace.
The trio would make Wilson’s life simpler.
Previous to the nationwide championship sport, Williams was the No. 1 receiver prospect on this draft class. Williams was simply essentially the most explosive weapon within the draft together with his skill to blow the highest off a protection.
The 6-1, 180-pound receiver confirmed his harmful talent set in opposition to Georgia within the SEC Championship sport when he scored touchdowns by bolting previous defenders untouched for 2 touchdowns.
Sure, there’s buzz about USC’s Drake London with the No.10 choose, group sources worth the presence he would add to the receiving corp. And there may be momentum in direction of London being a Jet if he’s out there at 10.
London’s a giant physique receiver who can constantly make contested catches and be a giant goal within the purple zone, one thing Gang Inexperienced doesn’t have on their roster. Their receiver group had solely 24 contested catches (Corey Davis led with six), in accordance with Professional Soccer Focus. He additionally possesses pristine quickness for a giant physique receiver which permits him to win on brief and intermediate routes by swiftly gliding by his breaks.
The 6-foot-4, 213 pound receiving choice suits Wilson’s play model as London would safe these 50-50 throws that Wilson loves to fireplace.
Nonetheless, pace is king within the NFL.
It explains why the Jets aggressively pursued Tyreek Hill. When defensive coordinators have to fret a few pace menace, it opens up beneath routes. It makes the lifetime of a QB a lot simpler, and Wilson possesses the arm energy to threaten each blade of grass on the sphere.
However Williams’ harm complicates the analysis. Can the Jets afford to take the chance of drafting a receiver who’s recovering from an ACL tear?
Williams suffered the harm in the course of the Nationwide Championship sport in January, it most likely received’t be prepared till midseason. And add within the issue of enjoying within the NFL after spending nearly all of the 12 months rehabbing from an harm.
The danger is excessive, however so is the reward.
How will Williams look publish harm? What if he’s not the identical and by no means recovers the dynamic pace he possessed?
In all chance, 2022 can be a restoration season since Williams wouldn’t be out there till after the primary month of the season on the earliest. It wouldn’t be truthful to count on a lot manufacturing from Williams until later within the 12 months and even 2023.
The Jets would mainly possess the identical receiving corps in 2021 minus Jamison Crowder and Keelan Cole as Williams rehabs. The tight finish room is night time and day in contrast final season with the additions of Tyler Conklin and C. J. Uzomah.
That’s a stable group for Wilson nevertheless it may use extra explosiveness.
If Williams recaptures his outdated kind, he would turn out to be a star sooner or later, which might propel Wilson’s growth. It’s additionally why he received’t make it to the second spherical together with his harm.
If Williams was wholesome, he would have been in play with the No. 4 total choose.
The expertise is just too tantalizing.
A wholesome Williams may trigger defenses to tilt protection in direction of him since any mistake may result in six factors. That would unlock room beneath for Moore, Davis and Berrios to work.
However the harm makes it advanced.
Can the Jets afford to take a danger on Williams? The reply is to be decided.