New York Jets Failed Pursuit of DK Metcalf Can be Fixed With Big Swings in 2022 NFL Draft

Seemingly every NFL team wants to take a shot at DK Metcalf, but give credit to the New York Jets. They took their best shot at the Seattle Seahawks‘ star receiver, but even that wasn’t good enough.

The Jets are desperate for help at wide receiver. They’ve got a young quarterback in Zach Wilson and want to put the pieces around him to help him be successful.

Even without Metcalf, the Jets can do just that early in the 2022 NFL Draft.

The New York Jets appear willing to use draft capital on a wide receiver

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Head coach Robert Saleh, left, of the New York Jets talks with general manager Joe Douglas during morning practice at Atlantic Health Jets Training Center | Rich Schultz/Getty Images

We know the Jets were trying to get Tyreek Hill from the Kansas City Chiefs, but he went to the Miami Dolphins. 

New York was reportedly right there, though. General manager Joe Douglas offered up the 35th, 38th, and 69th pick of this upcoming draft, two second-rounders and a third, but the Jets were beaten out by their AFC East rivals for the speedy superstar. 

With Metcalf being a hot name on the trade market right now, it appears that Douglas took another swing at a big-time wideout for his team. This time, though, at least according to 94WIP’s Howard Eskin, he was willing to part ways with pick No. 10.

“The Jets were going to offer, and Seattle knew it, the No. 10 pick in the fist round, Eskin said. “I’ve been told by multiple people when somebody calls Seattle about D.K. Metcalf (they said) ‘We’re not trading him. We’re not trading him.’ They don’t even take the offer,” Eskin said. “They just say ‘Nope’ and they just shut it right down. You can’t even make an offer right now.” “

The fact that Seattle didn’t even take an offer from the Jets would jive with the reporting that the Seahawks really have no intention to move Metcalf. It makes sense why New York would take the chance, though. They need a true superstar wideout and according to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, there’s still some buzz out there that the Seahawks could budge for the right price.

This, is from Bleacher Report:

 “I’m told that Metcalf has gotten indications, informally from the team, that he’s not going to be traded. Seattle has said publicly they have no intention to trade him. But the execs I talk to keep bringing him up that maybe they would either be willing to move on at the right price or that Metcalf would welcome a change. So, something is going on here; it’s just hard to figure out what. But he’s got one year left on his rookie deal. He would need a new contract as part of a trade. That’s the tricky part.”

Jeremy Fowler on possibility Seahawks will trade DK Metcalf as transcribed by Bleacher Report

The Jets can address the need for a top wideout in the 2022 NFL Draft

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Garrett Wilson #5 of the Ohio State Buckeyes catches a pass and runs for a touchdown during the first half of a game against the Michigan State Spartans | by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images

Though it was a valiant shot at a star wideout if the report is accurate, the fact of the matter is that the Jets can still bring Wilson a star receiver this offseason. They’ll just have to be willing to take a chance in the 2022 NFL Draft.

The good news for New York is that this draft class is chock full of talent, and there are multiple potential No. 1 receivers available early on. They also have pick No. 4 and No. 10 in the first round, so they’ll have two chances to pick a game-changing wide receiver.

Pick no. 4 may not be the best spot considering they can probably wait until 10 while still getting an elite offensive tackle or defensive player for head coach Robert Saleh in the top five, but the point is this: The Jets have options.

For instance, in this mock via The Draft Network’s Mock Draft Machine feature, the Jets were able to pick up offensive tackle Ikem Ekwonu with No. 4. He has elite potential and can be a franchise left or right tackle for years upon years, no matter who is playing quarterback in New York. With so many defenders and offensive linemen being projected to go high, Ohio State wide receiver Garrett Wilson then slid right to the Jets at No. 10. Wilson is a speedy and talented wideout who can be a star in the league from day one. He caught 70 passes for 1,058 yards and 12 touchdowns last season for the Buckeyes, averaging 15.1 yards per catch.

If the Jets are trying to get Zach Wilson an elite wideout, they could get one right there at No. 10 and have a Wilson-to-Wilson connection. In this scenario, they’d also be helping out the pass protection in a big way with Ekwonu.

There’s also a way they can double-down at wideout as well.

The Jets could double-down and make a huge spash at wide receiver

New York can even get creative with the draft because they have nine total picks. Let’s say they feel confident they can snag elite offensive linemen and defenders in round two, where they have two picks.

If wide receiver is such an issue, why not double down at the top?

The Jets could draft Wilson at No. 4 and follow that up with Drake London from USC at No. 10. 

New York would be adding two elite wide receiver prospects who can start from day one, and all of a sudden wide receiver is no longer a problem. 

Those two picks would also set Zach Wilson up for success in a significant way, especially if New York can come back with pick NO. 38 overall in the second roud and grab a big offensive lineman in Round 2 where there will be options.

Options. That’s the key word.

The Jets have options at the top of the draft, and that’s a good thing. Why not use those options to fix the wideout position for good?

Stats courtesy of ESPN and Pro Football Reference. Contract information via Spotrac

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