The New York Jets pretty much struck out in their attempt to add top-flight skill-position players for young quarterback Sam Darnold in free agency.
New York replaced former leading receiver Robby Anderson with Breshad Perriman. That’s about the extent of it. And we can openly question whether Perriman even represents an upgrade.
The expectation leading up to next week’s NFL Draft is that general manager Joe Douglas will change this in a hurry. According to Ralph Vacchiano of of SNY, that could very well come in the form of former Alabama wide receiver Henry Ruggs with the 11th selection.
The 5-foot-11 Ruggs is right up there with former teammate Jerry Jeudy and Oklahoma’s CeeDee Lamb as the top-three receivers in the class. While there’s no consensus on who might go first, each is expected to land within the top half of Round 1.
Ruggs is the speedster of the group. He ran a blazing 4.27 40-yard dash during the NFL Scouting Combine and flashed absolute brilliance during his stint with the Crimson Tide.
This is the type of game-changing player the Jets could use for Mr. Darnold. However, at least one team selecting ahead of New York is also surprisingly considering a wide receiver.
It will be interesting to see how this position plays out once the NFL Draft gets going a week from Thursday.