2011 NFL Draft: How the New York Jets Should Handle Their Receiver Problems

Chris Dela RosaContributor IApril 17, 2011

PITTSBURGH, PA - JANUARY 23:  Santonio Holmes #10 and Braylon Edwards #17 of the New York Jets sit dejected after being defeated 24 to 19 by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2011 AFC Championship game at Heinz Field on January 23, 2011 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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In the last few weeks, the Jets have found themselves in a bind with the way their wide receiver situation is.  Santonio Holmes wants a long term contract, and Braylon Edwards could be facing jail time after violating his probation in Cleveland with his DUI in New York.

If and when the lockout ends, the Jets will only have one talented receiver on their roster, Jericho Cotchery.  The Jets want to end their Super Bowl drought by winning the Lombardi Trophy in Indianapolis in 2012. Having one good receiver won't help them achieve that goal.

Because of this predicament, they have to make a decision between signing Braylon Edwards or Santonio Holmes.  Although Holmes wants a long contract that will likely be expensive, it's the best decision the Jets could make.  If they choose not to sign either of the two, their next option would be to draft a wide receiver.  

The problem with this decision is that the Jets would have to use their only first-round selection on a receiver.  It is unlikely for a great receiver to be selected late in the draft, therefore the Jets 30th overall pick would be drafting a mediocre receiver.

If they were to do this, they'd be making their defense worse at the same time.  During the 2008 draft, the Jets traded for Kristopher Jenkins.  Since then, he's missed almost two full seasons with knee injuries, rendering him useless for the Jets.  Because of this unsuccessful stint with Jenkins, the Jets need to draft a defensive end and that is where their first round pick should be used. 

Earlier this week, the Jets showed interest in Randy Moss to "motivate" Santonio Holmes. If anything, this may make him want to sign with another team.  What the Jets need to do is express their interest in Holmes so that when the lockout ends, they get him back on their roster.  He's a great player to help with the development of young quarterback Mark Sanchez and he can still make great plays.

If the Jets choose to draft a receiver early in the draft, that should be a sign that they are not ready to give Holmes a lengthy and expensive contract, which is a terrible decision.