NEW YORK — New York Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan was one of the most sought-after commodities in the draft, a prospect who could be one of those guys who might turn out to be the difference between the Jets’ playoff chances and a top-two pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.
In fact, the New York Post’s David Newton wrote Monday, the Jets might need to wait a while to get that guy.
The New York Daily News’ Joe Rexrode said the Jets are waiting to see how long they can wait before landing the player they covet: wide receiver Josh Huff.
Huff, who is coming off a breakout campaign in the NFL and could be a steal at No. 2, would be a perfect fit for Maccagno’s offense and the Jets would likely need a new receiver if they go with one in the first round.
The Jets had the sixth-best offense in the league and Huff could be their new go-to guy if the team is going to make a run at winning a Super Bowl.
Huff and New York’s defense would also fit nicely with Maccagonno’s system, which would be based around using two-deep to protect a quarterback who’s not a lock to make the playoffs and give his team a reliable weapon at the wide receiver position.
Maccagnon is also a defensive mind, which means Huff could also be a valuable piece in a defensive scheme.
The Jets also could look at another receiver in the middle rounds, which includes Florida State’s Christian Hackenberg, Texas A&M’s Jaelen Strong and Michigan’s DeAndre Washington.
Washington was a surprise No. 1 overall pick and Hackenberg was the top quarterback in the class.
There’s also a chance that a team like the Houston Texans might not be interested in drafting a wide receiver with their first pick, which could put the Jets at the top of the draft again.
A quarterback would also be the ideal fit for the Jets, who had the fourth-best passer rating in the country last season and could use the young signal-caller to get things going on offense.
Huffle’s draft stock would also increase if he plays well enough to make an impact on the field and is able to contribute on special teams.
Holl, however, has yet to play at a high level in a Jets uniform and the team would be wise to wait to see if he has the skill set needed to succeed in the organization.
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