The Jets may fall short against the Steelers yet again.
Rumors have circled around the Steelers in regards to the team looking to draft a "tall" receiver, specifically 6'5'' wide out Kelvin Benjamin. The Florida State receiver is projected to be selected in the mid to late portion of the first round of this year's NFL Draft.
Watkins is projected to be the second receiver taken in the draft. Clemson's Sammy Watkins, who stands at 6'1'', is projected to be the first receiver selected in this year's draft.
Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reported via his Twitter account that the Jets are also showing interest in Benjamin, who scored the game-winning touchdown in this past year's BCS National Championship Game.
Metha reported that a source with the Jets stated that the team is "very intrigued" with Benjamin and that a meeting with the receiver is still pending. He stated that the source added, "You can't teach 6-5."
The Jets finished 8-8 last season following a road victory of Miami in Week 17. New York is slated to pick at the No.18 slot in the first round of this year's draft. The Steelers, also an 8-8 club in 2013, is the first .500 team to draft in the first round at the No.15 spot.
Rex Ryan's Jets have already brought in big name free agents in receiver Eric Decker and quarterback Michael Vick this off season. The Steelers have also added receivers this off season in Lance Moore and Darrius Heyward-Bey. But even these additions have the teams thinking tall receiver early in the draft.
Both defensive guys that served as Super Bowl winning defensive assistant coaches prior to their first head coaching gigs, Ryan and Steelers coach Mike Tomlin have each had success with their respective teams. Tomlin won Super Bowl XLIII in just his second season at the helm while Ryan led the Jets to consecutive trips to the AFC Championship. The Jets lost to the Steelers 22-17 in the 2010 AFC title game.
The Steelers are 3-2 over the Jets in the Tomiln era that includes victories in each of their past three meetings.