The 2015 NFL Draft is right around the corner and the question that remains for the New York Jets is what position to address with the sixth overall pick in the first round.
Many speculate that the Jets will look to draft Oregon Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota to compete with current New York Jets quarterbacks Geno Smith and Ryan Fitzpatrick, for the starting job. While the quarterback position still remains questionable for the Jets, it is no guarantee that the Jets will draft Mariota especially with other teams like the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Tennessee Titans below them also looking for a quarterback
. If the Jets can’t get Mariota they will have another opportunity to address another important area of need on offense which is the wide receiver position. The Jets could be looking to take arguably the best offensive weapon in the draft which is University of Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper.
Amari Cooper is being considered one of the best if not the best wide receiver in the entire 2015 NFL Draft. The Jets could have an opportunity to improve even more at the wide receiver position. Last season at Alabama, Cooper had 124 receptions for 1,727 yards and 16 touchdown passes which were all school records. He also became Alabama’s all time leader in receptions (229) receiving yards (3,463) and touchdown receptions (31).
The Jets have done fairly well in improving their wide receiver position. This past off season the team traded for Brandon Marshall from the Chicago Bears making him their current number one receiver. Their other big star receiver Eric Decker is entering his second year of a five year, $36,25 million dollar deal which he signed last year.
The Jets third wide receiver is veteran Jeremy Kerley who has been with the team since 2011 and has been one of their more consistent players on offense the past couple of seasons. Rumors have speculated that if the Jets draft Cooper they would cut Kerley to make room for Cooper and make him either the second or third receiver.
Kerley has a salary cap hit of $2 million this season with a contract that lasts until 2019, so cutting him seems unlikely for the Jets even if they do end up drafting Cooper.
Amari Cooper would make a huge difference in this improved but yet still questionable Jets offense. If drafted by the Jets the star rookie wide receiver wouldn’t even know who his first NFL quarterback throwing him the football would be. There is no doubt though the Jets will have competition with other teams to draft Cooper.
Other teams who could be looking to draft Cooper include the Titans with the second overall pick, the Jacksonville Jaguars with the third pick, and the Oakland Raiders with the fourth pick. But if Cooper is there for the Jets at the sixth pick, they must draft him because he would change the whole complexion of the New York Jets offense with his talent and ability that he has shown on the field in college.