The New York Jets are having a typical Jets' season. They had high expectations coming in after adding some pieces in free agency. Those hopes were ended after becoming the first team in NFL history to lose twice in a season to teams that are 0-7 or worse. At 4-8, they should have their sights set on a draft pick.
Right now, the Jets are in the projected top 10 of the 2020 NFL Draft. Their defense has actually been solid this season even with C.J. Mosley sidelined due to injury. On the offensive end, they need to get Sam Darnold some weapons on the outside. The Jets have not had a No. 1 receiver since Brandon Marshall in 2015. CeeDee Lamb could be the next one.
Jets in desperate need of offensive threat
New York added Le'Veon Bell in free agency but he has not been what they expected. They also added slot receiver Jamison Crowder to pair with Robby Anderson, who is at best a No. 2 receiver with deep-ball ability. There is no receiver on the Jets who is reliable and viewed as a true threat.
With Alabama's Jerry Jeudy likely to be selected before the Jets' pick, Lamb is the next best option. He is not the polished prospect that Jeudy is. However, pound for pound, Lamb is the strongest receiver in the draft. At 6'2, 191 pounds, Lamb has room to grow and get even stronger. What holds Lamb back is his route running. He is a deep ball threat with great speed and hands but he is not a strong route runner just yet. This is something that he can improve upon at the NFL level.
What Lamb does have is incredible skills after the catch. He is elusive and is hard to bring down. These are skills that will transfer well into the NFL. The Jets need a spark. They are one of the teams in the league that seem to be a joke year in and year out. Lamb would bring immediate excitement and star power to the team.
Darnold has been inconsistent throughout the first two seasons of his career. This is partially on him but the team must take some blame as well. The Jets have not set him up with a recipe for success just yet. Adding Lamb to the offense would give Darnold a much-needed weapon in hopes of becoming the consistent star that he was viewed as when he was drafted.
It is unknown which way the Jets will go with their first-round pick in the upcoming draft, but they should take a long look at Lamb.