For the next couple of weeks I will try to go over the holes that this team has going into the NFL Draft with their options on how to deal with it along with how I think they should approach it
The Problem: During the 2011 season the Jets struggled to get their passing game going. They finished the season 21st in passing offense, their best receiver, Dustin Keller, finished with a total of 815 yards, and Santonio Holmes struggled to get separation for most of the season, finishing with just 654 yards. Although, Santonio has the ability to be a threat on the fly pattern, overall his real strength is that slant pattern that he did so well during the 2010 season. But for that to work the Jets need to sign a credible deep threat next to him to take opposing defenses away from Santonio a little. The Jets thought Plax could be that guy, but he was not, and now they need to find a deep threat that defenses have to game plan for.
1. Build Through the Draft: There are many credible deep threats coming out of the draft this year. The Jets could hope for Justin Blackmon to fall, but I don't think that will happen. If the Jets plan to take this route, I think Michael Floyd would be a perfect deep threat to take the opposing defense away from Santonio a little. With a 4.42 40 time and his height, it shows that he has the ability to separate from the opposing corner. Another good part about going this way, along with his ability to be a deep threat, Floyd would also provide someone for Mark Sanchez to grow up with for the rest of his career with the Jets.
2. Get Someone Through Free Agency: Lets get this straight before we move on, Chaz Schilens is a great low risk high reward option, but the Jets cannot possibly go all in on him being the #2 receiver in this offense. A lot of people have brought up the possibility of a return for Braylon Edwards and I don't see why the Jets should not bring him back. He will not command a long term deal, and is looking to re-establish himself as a great WR again. He was perfect as the deep threat alongside Santonio in 2010 and, barring any information we don't know, it doesn't make sense not to bring him back on a short term basis to see if he could provide a great #2 receiver like he did in 2010.
Opinion: I think the Jets should go the route of addressing this position through free agency for two reasons: Braylon has a connection with Sanchez that he established in 2010 and because the Jets need to set themselves up to be able to take a pass rusher in the draft.