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Jets draft preview: Wide receivers

This is the second installment in a nine-part series that will analyze the Jets' needs, position by position, in the upcoming draft.

Position: Wide receiver.

Depth chart: Santonio Holmes, Braylon Edwards, Jerricho Cotchery, Brad Smith, Patrick Turner, Logan Payne.

Not under contract: Holmes, Edwards, Smith.

Scouting report: Welcome to Intrigue City. The only proven vet under contract is Cotchery, who's coming off back surgery. If the draft occurs before free agency, the Jets will go into it not knowing who's staying and who's going among their free agents. Know this: They absolutely want to re-sign Holmes, whom they consider a legit No. 1. They'd like to keep Edwards, too, but at what price? The last thing the Jets want to do is create too much change around QB Mark Sanchez, who hasn't had much stability at receiver. They need to start thinking long term instead of going year-to-year.

The Last Time: The Jets haven't drafted a receiver since Marcus Henry (sixth round, 2008), who hung around the practice squad a couple of years before they finally gave up on him.

Potential Targets: Any receiver not named A.J. Green or Julio Jones would be a reach with the 30th overall pick. If they want to go that route, they'd consider Torrey Smith (Maryland), a home-run threat as a receiver and kick returner, and Leonard Hankerson (Miami), a touchdown machine. Problem is, Smith is a bit of a one-trick pony as a receiver (think vertical) and Hankerson, prone to drops, probably is best suited as a No. 2. Jon Baldwin (Pitt) has great size at 6-5 and a ton of talent, but there are maturity and character questions. He's from Aliquippa (Pa.) High, Darrelle Revis' alma mater.

Randall Cobb (Kentucky) is the second coming of Brad Smith, a do-everything talent who can play QB in the Wildcat. Jets RB coach Anthony Lynn worked out Cobb at his pro day. If the Jets want to gamble in Round 3 (they have no second-round pick), they can consider Greg Little (North Carolina), who was ruled ineligible by the NCAA and missed the entire 2010 season -- but he's 6-3 and can play.

Need Factor (on a scale of 1 to 10): 7

Wednesday: Tight end.