Jets News: Zach Wilson Seems Destined to Receive Either Garrett Wilson or Chris Olave After Missing Out on Tyreek Hill

The New York Jets are building around Zach Wilson in one way or another. After selecting the BYU star with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Jets expect a massive leap from Wilson in his sophomore campaign.

The Jets are trying to add talent around him in the offense, and so far this offseason, they have brought Tyler Conklin and C.J. Uzomah to shore up the tight end position. Then, they tried to acquire former Kansas City Chiefs speedster Tyreek Hill, but Hill ultimately preferred the Miami Dolphins.

Nonetheless, the Jets aren’t content with their wide receiver room, which features Elijah Moore, Braxton Berrios, and Corey Davis — who disappointed in 2021 after signing a three-year deal worth $37.5 million.

The Jets also have a pair of first-round draft picks and have been linked to several top-tier wide receivers in the rookie class. At this point, it seems like Wilson is destined to receive one of the rookies, and one of Chris Olave or Garrett Wilson is likely headed to the Jets.

The Jets are trying to land another wide receiver after missing out on Tyreek Hill

The Jets emerged as serious contenders to land Tyreek Hill once he was made available for trade. The choice was up to Hill, and he decided to head to Florida and play for the Dolphins.

So, the Jets’ interest in Hill — not to mention the rumors of their interest in DK Metcalf and A.J. Brown — show that general manager Joe Douglas is trying to fix the wide receiver room.

It makes sense, too, especially looking at the Jets’ depth chart from the 2021 campaign. Here is how their receivers fared:

  • Elijah Moore (rookie): 43 catches, 538 yards, five touchdowns
  • Corey Davis: 34 catches, 492 yards, four touchdowns
  • Keelan Cole Sr.: 28 catches, 449 yards, one touchdown
  • Jamieson Crowder: 51 catches, 447 yards, two touchdowns
  • Braxton Berrios: 46 catches, 431 yards, two touchdowns

There isn’t any point in going further down the list, and it isn’t encouraging whatsoever. In his rookie season, Moore emerged and flashed a ton of promise and put up those numbers in just 11 games. Davis played only nine games, but his performance wasn’t what the Jets hoped for when they paid him $37.5 million.

Crowder and Cole are elsewhere, so the WR room is Davis, Moore, and Berrios. There is an argument that none of those three are true lead receivers, meaning the Jets’ interest in these other guys makes too much sense.

So, on to the NFL Draft, and the Jets are doing their due diligence on a couple of Ohio State Buckeyes stars.

Both Garrett Wilson and Chris Olave are legitimate options to become Zach Wilson’s top pass-catcher

The Jets are bringing in all of the top prospects, and why not? They have the No. 4 overall choice and the No. 10 pick in the first round, giving them more than enough to land one of the top guys.

Mel Kiper Jr. has the Jets selecting USC star Drake London at No. 4 overall, although it would be a shocking decision if they went in that direction.

A wide receiver at No. 10 is much more plausible, and it looks like one or two of London, Wilson, and Olave will be gone by that time. London is almost certainly going to be the first WR off the board, and the Atlanta Falcons are desperate for help in that department.

The Jets have a lot of work to do with this roster, but finding Wilson a top-end wide receiver must be one of the priorities. So, Wilson or Olave make sense there, and they even brought in Arkansas star Treylon Burks, although it would be a massive reach if they ended up taking him with the 10th pick.

The closer it gets to the 2022 NFL Draft, the more it looks like Wilson or Olave is the guy for the Jets.

It is hard to argue against either player, and Wilson would be ecstatic to have one of the former Buckeyes stars.

Stats Courtesy of Pro Football Reference

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