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Jameson Williams offers an intriguing risk for Jets

The Jets’ interest in adding a wide receiver has become widely publicized over the past few weeks since their attempt to land Tyreek Hill.

While the Jets still have an opportunity to strike a trade for a proven wide receiver, their best chance of landing a No. 1 receiver may be in the NFL draft, which begins April 28. There has been much speculation about the Jets drafting a wide receiver with one of their first-round picks – either No. 4 or No. 10 overall.

While USC’s Drake London and Ohio State’s Garrett Wilson are the receivers most often considered to be the best in this draft class, the most intriguing receiver is Alabama’s Jameson Williams. He was on track to become the No. 1 receiver in that class before tearing the ACL in his left knee during January’s national title game.

Now the question is how far will he fall in the first round. Could the Jets take Williams in 10th place? It would involve some risk. The Jets are a team that needs their first-round picks to make an immediate contribution. Team decision makers may not want to wait until mid-season when he is expected to be ready to play.

Jameson Williams tore his cruciate ligament during the CFP title game.
Jameson Williams tore his cruciate ligament during the CFP title game.
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Jameson Williams is on the ground after tearing his cruciate ligament.
Jameson Williams is on the ground after tearing his cruciate ligament.
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On the other hand, if they think long-term and believe Williams will be the top receiver in this class in a year or two, Joe Douglas may choose to look past the short-term loss this season. According to a source, Williams is among the players bringing the Jets to Florham Park as one of their 30 players ahead of the draft. So they’re clearly doing their homework on him.

Draft judges seem to have differing opinions on how much William’s injury should affect his draft position. Former NFL quarterback and NBC analyst Chris Simms ranked Williams as his #1 receiver in that class.

“Jameson Williams is my slam dunk so far and the easiest rating,” Simms said. “He’s Jerry Jeudy with a different gear. He’s DeVonta Smith with a little more strength in his game. I look at Jameson Williams and I just say, ‘Whatever, he can do it.’ Arguably the best route runner in the draft, arguably the best post-catch yards in the draft, plays much harder than his size would suggest, interrupting duels. Diagonally over center, runs through arm tackles, stiff arms to ground, turns it back on and runs 40 yards. His start-stop ability, it’s off the charts, good for double moves, it’s as good as anyone in the NFL.

Jamesson Williams
Jamesson Williams
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“To me that’s a slam dunk, superstar receiver, but he has the ACL question and that puts a question mark on this thing.”

Williams only played a year in Alabama after transferring from Ohio State, where he was buried on the depth chart. The 6-foot-1, 179-pounder had a great 2021 season for the Crimson Tide, catching 79 passes for 1,572 yards and 15 touchdowns. The 21-year-old was a record-breaking track star at breakneck speed in high school.

The Jets need that element on their offense to help sophomore quarterback Zach Wilson. The Jets have a solid receiving corps led by Elijah Moore, Corey Davis and Braxton Berrios. Denzel Mims was supposed to be the team’s pace element, but the 2020 second-round pick failed to impress the coaching staff last season. The need for speed caused the Jets to fail in pursuit of Hill and may now lead them to pick Williams.

Jameson Williams speaks to the media at the NFL Combine.
Jameson Williams speaks to the media at the NFL Combine.
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“I think he’ll go later because of the injury, but I honestly think when all is said and done he has a really good chance of being the top receiver in this group,” said ESPN analyst Todd McShay. “But can you live with the fact that he might be out for the first four or five weeks of the season and not exactly sure what you’re going to get with him in Year 1 as he gains confidence and gets stronger? from the ACL injury in the national championship?

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JOE HERNANDEZ

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