Plenty of WR options in first round

Mel takes a look at the first-round strategies of five NFL teams in his latest mailbag.

Originally Published: February 6, 2004
By Mel Kiper Jr. | Special to ESPN Insider
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Q: Is there a big wide receiver the New York Jets could draft with the No. 12 overall pick?
Matt, Woodbury, N.Y.
KIPER: A big wideout could help the Jets, and while Roy Williams of Texas will likely be off the board by that time, there are plenty of guys moving up the board who could be viable options for New York. Michael Clayton, Devery Henderson, Michael Jenkins and Reggie Williams all will be available and all are making a push to improve their stock, so they will certainly be intriguing options.

Needs at linebacker and cornerback will likely supersede the WR, position, though, and I look for the Jets to go with a LB like Miami's Jonathan Vilma at that point in the first round.

Mel Kiper Jr.

Football analyst
Mel Kiper has served as an NFL draft analyst for ESPN since 1984. He is a regular contributor on SportsCenter and ESPN Radio and writes weekly for ESPN Insider.