I am not begging for the Jets to draft a wide receiver in round one. However, if Fowler, Beasley, and Mariota are off the board, you have to really think about it. I believe Kevin White has the most potential at wide out and is the most complete receiver in this draft class. At 6'3, 215 pounds, the receiver from West Virginia ran a 4.35 at the combine. In his junior season, White put up 109 catches, 1,447 yards, and 10 touchdowns. A major reason I like him over Cooper is his size. I prefer a 6'3 receiver over a 6'1 receiver. White does not just have height however, as he can make any catch and any big play. He has amazing athleticism and leaping ability. Kevin White is like Julio Jones, and Amari Cooper is like Roddy White (in terms of potential).
I think White makes a ton of sense for the Jets. White might not be as "NFL-ready" as Cooper is, but that shouldn't matter. The Jets currently have Brandon Marshall, Eric Decker, and Jeremy Kerley at wide receiver. This means Kevin White won't be pressured into playing a big role in the offense as a rookie. He can ease his way in and eventually take the majority of reps on the outside. Coming from West Virginia, White played in a spread offense, an offense that is similar to that of Chan Gailey's. This will help White learn the NFL game more quickly and easily. Amari Cooper is probably the safe pick, but Kevin White has a higher upside.
Wide receiver is not a tremendous need for the Jets at this point in time. However, Amari Cooper and Kevin white are extremely high level prospects, and therefore deserve some consideration when the Jets are on the clock at number six. Cooper, who won the Biletnikoff Award and was a Heisman Finalist, is the more pro-ready prospect of the two. Regardless, White is believed by scouts to have a higher ceiling. Recently, the Jets have not been able to develop prospects who have been extremely raw coming out of college. White, to an extent, fits that mold, but he is not as raw as Stephen Hill was.
Cooper lacks the size to excel at the 50-50 ball, a skill that White surely possesses. To make up for that, Cooper excels at making catches in traffic and accelerating upfield. Cooper had 16 touchdowns this past season at Alabama; White had 10 touchdowns. White's ability in the red-zone trumps that of Cooper due to his size but Cooper's knack for creating separation in short yardage situations as well as long yardage situations gives him the edge as a threat to score a touchdown from anywhere on the field. In the end I would prefer the Jets draft Amari Cooper. Although the Jets have Eric Decker, Brandon Marshall and Jeremy Kerley at the WR position, I would love to see the team take a shot on one of the top WR prospects in this draft. Not often is a WR class this deep, so it is possible the position could be addressed later in the draft. Either way, I give Amari Cooper the edge over Kevin White as a fit for the Jets.