The New York Jets made history during the first round of the 2022 NFL draft.
For the first time in over 21 years, they selected a wide receiver in the first round. However, if you’ve been on social media you likely haven’t heard much buzz about it.
Somehow this massive selection has flown under the radar, despite its’ historical significance and potential impact in 2022.
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Toot-Toot Here Comes the Hype Train
“Yeah the dude’s a sponge, he’s soaking it up and learning a bunch. You know with being a rookie, just like me last year, you can’t really show exactly what you got until you can line up correctly and be confident in what you’re doing. So he is still going through that learning stage, but he is a quick learner and you can see the talent jump off the page he is a really good player. He definitely has the skills, the toolset, and the mindset to be great.”
Wilson is entering a very interesting situation with the green and white.
Then when you consider the other additions at tight end (CJ Uzomah, Tyler Conklin, and Jeremy Ruckert) and running back (Breece Hall), you can start to understand the first world problem on 1 Jets Drive.
However, Wilson brings a unique ability to make things happen that isn’t currently present on the Gang Green roster:
- 143 receptions
- 2,213 receiving yards
- 23 touchdowns
Once he learns the playbook and understands his role, the sky is the limit.
All Will Be Made up in Due Time
Wilson was selected with the No. 10 overall pick in the first round out of Ohio State.
It snapped a 21-year drought since the last time the Jets dipped their toes in the wide receiver waters in the first round. That was back in 2001 when they snagged Santana Moss out of Miami University with the No. 16 overall pick.
You would think ending that drought with a sexy wide receiver splash would earn a bunch of fanfare right? Wrong!
Regardless of the reason, the silence won’t last long because Wilson is already turning heads in practice.
While Wilson might not be winning headlines during the offseason, Rogers believes he can make an instant impact in the NFL:
“He can come in and rip off 1,000 yards in the right situation instantly.”
The former Buckeye is currently tied for the fifth-best odds to win Offensive Rookie of the Year. A Jets player has never won that honor in the history of the award.