- Wide receivers Jerry Jeudy and CeeDee Lamb and tackle Tristan Wirfs are +500 co-favorites to be the first pick made by the New York Jets in the 2020 NFL Draft
- Which of these two pressing needs are the Jets most likely to fill first on draft day?
- Analysis, picks and predictions based on the odds are available in the story that follows
The consensus seems to be that the New York Jets will get offensive with the 11th overall pick of the 2020 NFL Draft.
Based on the odds, the only question appears to be which offensive need will they opt to fill?
The Jets clearly need a game-breaking wide receiver, and this year’s draft class is overflowing with that type of player. But it’s a draft that is also rife with quality offensive tackles. That’s another area of need for the Jets.
Which way will they opt to go? The oddsmakers can’t make up their minds. Currently, both Alabama wide receiver Jerry Jeudy and Oklahoma wideout CeeDee Lamb are rated at odds of +500 to be the first player selected by the Jets.
New York Jets 2020 First Round NFL Draft Pick Odds
|Henry Ruggs III||+800|
Odds taken April 1st
However, Iowa tackle Tristan Wirfs is also given a betting line of +500 to be the first draft pick of New York’s AFC franchise.
Wide World of Wideouts
Some NFL scouts are labeling the 2020 wide receiver draft class as historic. Expectations are that as many as seven wideouts could come off the board during the first round of the draft.
Similar expectations suggest that the Jets will be one of the teams looking to get in on some of that wide receiver action.
— Chad Johnson (@ochocinco) March 30, 2020
While it’s considered a deep group of receivers, what’s also curious is that most NFL Draft gurus don’t suspect that any of them will be tabbed among the top ten picks during the selection process. If that is indeed the case, then the Jets could be sitting in the captain’s seat when it comes to their turn at 11th overall.
They may get the pick of litter.
Wide Receivers Jets May Covet
Who will that be? Some experts are certain that it will be Lamb. Others are equally confident that Jeudy will be the first WR to come off the board. And lately, there’s been a lot of noise about Jeudy’s Alabama teammate, speed merchant Henry Ruggs III.
Watched about 7 minutes worth of CeeDee Lamb highlights and just had two notes
1. Dude is a freak athlete
2. Big 12 Defenses are BADpic.twitter.com/22NVPdund4
— Chance (@chance_bitters) March 24, 2020
Ruggs has been compared in pure speed to Tyreek Hill of the Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs. But those same scouts view him as more talented than Hill was at this stage of his career. As well, Ruggs doesn’t carry the kind of character issues that have followed Hill around.
Jeudy is considered the best route runner among the class of 2020. His hands are also A+ caliber.
Lamb is known for his ability to generate yards after the catch.
Jets Could Tackle Problem Area
With such a deep class of receivers, the Jets could roll the dice on getting a wideout in Round 2. Instead, they could shift their first-round focus to finding protection.
The draft is also rich in top-notch tackles, the most important position along the offensive line.
Just a reminder that Tristan Wirfs can 3’6” box jump out of a pool 🤯
— The Checkdown (@thecheckdown) February 29, 2020
However, the best of this lot – Wirfs and Louisville’s Mekhi Becton – figure to be long off the board by the time the Jets step up to the podium.
The Jets also recently signed free-agent tackle George Fant, formerly of the Seattle Seahawks, to a three-year, $30-million deal.
And the Jets Will Select . . .
New York let leading wideout Robby Anderson go to the Carolina Panthers, so they must give quarterback Sam Darnold a playmaking wide receiver.
Henry Ruggs III: 0 career dropped passes in the red zone at Alabama pic.twitter.com/KbRBY4hCS8
— PFF Draft (@PFF_College) March 24, 2020
While Jeudy would be the safe play, the Jets will roll the dice on the potential game-breaking abilities of Ruggs.
Pick: Henry Ruggs III (+800).
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