NFL Rumors: Jets Would Have ‘Jumped’ at Rome Odunze at No. 10 Overall

An NFL insider has reported that the New York Jets had serious interest in Rome Odunze if he had fallen to them in the 2024 NFL Draft.

The New York Jets are happy to have former Offensive Rookie of the Year Garrett Wilson be their lead target in the passing attack. Who plays behind him, though, has been a revolving question as of late.

Entering the 2024 NFL Draft, New York had a need at both receiver and offensive line. We now know the team chose to address the latter in the first and the former with their second pick of the draft.

What we didn’t know was how close they were to doing the opposite.

Jets Had Serious Interest in Rome Odunze

In a league-wide breakdown of post-draft rumors and thoughts, ESPN NFL Reporter Jeremy Fowler detailed that the Jets were very interested in Washington WR Rome Odunze in the first round of the 2024 NFL Draft.

“The people I talked believe the Jets would have jumped at Odunze, though they correctly figured Chicago was taking him there,” said Fowler.

Fowler later reported that Georgia tight end Brock Bowers was “also in consideration,” but the Jets chose to focus their attention on Penn State offensive lineman Olu Fashanu.

Following the Fashanu pick, New York pivoted to its next target at receiver in Western Kentucky wideout Malachi Corley. Some inside the facility at 1 Jets Drive had Corley as the fourth-best receiver of the entire class.

Despite desperately trying to trade up for him in the second round, general manager Joe Douglas was able to move into the first pick of Round 3 to get their guy.

According to Fowler, since the selection of Corley was made, four-time NFL MVP and Jets starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers has glossed over the tape of the Hilltopper and has come away impressed.

Malachi Corley’s Scouting Report

In his pre-draft profile, Pro Football Network Draft Analyst Ian Cummings explained that Corley’s skill set was far greater than his 65th overall selection.

“In a space-dominated modern NFL, Corley has the athletic and mental tools to dominate defenders. Comparisons to Deebo Samuel are often made because of Corley’s physical profile, and while Samuel is more refined, those pure physical comparisons are warranted,” Cummings wrote.

“Simply get him the ball and let him eat.”

Cummings noted that Corley has work to do to refine his overall route tree like Samuel, but that can be taught at the NFL, much like it was to Samuel’s teammate in San Francisco, Brandon Aiyuk.

Should Corley be impactful right away, it’ll be due to the fact that the Jets were able to scheme him early and often throughout the 2024 season. In a receiver room that has gone through a transformation of sorts as of late, that’s certainly possible.

Jets’ WR Depth Chart

The Jets’ WR room has seen an influx of talent over the last few months. Gone are the days when the team will have to rely on a disappointing free agent signing or undrafted free agents. Now, the organization is in a much different situation.

Outside of the Corley selection, the Jets also signed Mike Williams during the first couple of weeks of free agency. Williams’ arrival gives New York a big-body deep threat that has always paired nicely with Rodgers as a quarterback.

Outside of Wilson, Williams, and Corley, the Jets have questions. Allen Lazard is back for another season after a severely disappointing first year in Florham Park. Undrafted free agents Xavier Gipson, Jason Brownlee, and Irvin Charles have all helped on special teams, but they shouldn’t be counted on to produce at a high level next year.

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All that said, while New York has made major adjustments to the receiver room during the offseason, injuries can play a major role in how this group shapes out.

And no team understands that better recently than the Jets.

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