Torry Holt Signing By Jags Opens Door For Jets to Grab a Top WR.

Bill YadlonContributor IApril 20, 2009

LUBBOCK, TX - NOVEMBER 01:  Michael Crabtree #5 of the Texas Tech Red Raiders carries the ball after making a reception during the first half of the game against the Texas Longhorns on November 1, 2008 at Jones Stadium in Lubbock, Texas.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

With the Jaguars signing free agent WR Torry Holt to a three-year deal, it opens the door for the New York Jets to potentially grab a higher level WR such a Jeremy Maclin or even Michael Crabtree

It may still take a trade-up, but the Holt signing more than likely takes the Jaguars out of the running for a WR in the first round of the draft.

People have been speculating about the Jets, who are in desperate need for a WR to start opposite Jericho Cotchery, could go after combine warrior Darius Heyward-Bey or even local product Kenny Britt at the 17th pick. 

Crabtree, once considered a guaranteed top five picked has had his stock slip slightly in the past few months due to an injured foot, and concerns about his timed foot speed.

The Jaguars, who always seems to be in need of a No. 1 wide receiver, were considered a possible destination for Crabtree, after Seattle, who many considered his probable destination early in the offseason, signed former Bengal, T.J. Houshmandzadeh to a big contract. 

Not many teams in the 9-16 range are in need of a top flight receiver. Many teams earlier in the draft like the 49ers, Browns, and Bengals, who would all certainly benefit from Crabtree services have much more pressing needs and figure to not be suitors on draft day.

If a player like Crabtree falls to eight and even gets past the Jags—who may have fulfilled their WR needs—the possibility of the Jets jumping ahead and snagging the former Belitnakoff winner could increase dramatically.

Though Maclin would be a nice prize at 17, no one can deny the impact of a player like Crabtree on not just the team but the often restless Jets fans. The Holt signing, just made the path from Lubbuck, TX to East Rutherford, NJ a lot clearer.