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Forgetting Brandon Marshall: How Jets can use draft to replace leading WR

This is the third installment of our position-by-position breakdown for the New York Jets as we head to the April 27-29 draft:

Position: Wide receiver

Current personnel: Eric Decker (signed through 2018), Quincy Enunwa (2017), Robby Anderson (2018), Devin Smith (2018), Quinton Patton (2017), Jalin Marshall (2018), Charone Peake (2019), Frankie Hammond (2017), Myles White (2018), Darius Jennings (2018), Deshon Foxx (2018).

Key newcomers: Patton (free agent/San Francisco 49ers).

Departures: Brandon Marshall (cut/New York Giants).

Projected starters: Decker, Enunwa.

Overview: This is the Jets' deepest position in terms of youth and potential. With Marshall gone, Decker, 30, is the oldest guy in the room. There has been some speculation about his future -- he counts $8.75 million on the cap, and he's coming off hip and shoulder surgeries -- but the team is leaning toward keeping him. And they should. They need a veteran anchor. If healthy, he still can be a productive receiver and he'll be a positive influence on the young players. He can play inside and outside, as can Enunwa, one of the most improved players on the team. The Jets could use another perimeter threat. Anderson has home run ability on the outside, but he needs to expand his game to be effective in a West Coast-style offense. Interesting to note: The Jets haven't invested much draft capital at wide receiver. The highest-drafted player is the injury-plagued Smith, a former second-round pick who is running out of chances. Receiver isn't a pressing need, but it wouldn't be a shock if they drafted one at some point.

The last wide receiver drafted: They took Peake in the seventh round last year, a nice pick up. He has a chance to develop into a rotational player.

Potential targets: It would be an upset if they take a receiver with the sixth pick, but Mike Williams (Clemson) and Corey Davis (Western Michigan) could come into play in a trade-down scenario. Davis is recovering from an ankle injury. Considering the state of the offense, the Jets are in no position to turn their back on playmakers, regardless of position. At 6-foot-4 and 6-foot-3, respectively, Williams and Davis have the size teams covet in a West Coast system. Overall, it's a down year for receivers. It wouldn't be a surprise if only three are selected in the first round. One player to watch is Chris Godwin (Penn State), who visited last week. He's a scheme fit who recorded 128 catches, 2,083 yards (16.3 yards per catch) and 16 touchdowns over the last two seasons. He could be an option in the third round. The Jets also hosted two late-round possibilities on visits -- Damore'ea Stringfellow (Ole Miss) and Deangelo Yancey (Purdue).

Need factor (based on a scale of 1 to 10): 5.