The NFL Draft is only a nine days away. Armed with 12 picks, the New York Jets have the opportunity to be very active May 8th -10th. While the Jets could very well utilize ALL of their draft picks, here are 5 trades that they can make that will allow them the opportunity to maximize their selections. These trades also don’t hamper their ability to improve their team going forward. All trades that I’m suggesting are based off the trade value chart. I’ll be releasing rounds one-four of my mock draft this week, but I used DraftTek’s simulation to see who the Jets could take at those spots.
The Jets trade the 18th and 115th overall pick to the San Francisco 49ers for the 30th pick, the 52nd pick, and RB LaMichael James
It is smokescreen season in the NFL, but Chris Mortensen reported today that the 49ers are eying a big move in the draft. Some have speculated that the goal is to trade up for Jadeveon Clowney or Khalil Mack, while others have said that they covet one of the top cornerbacks. I think it is a cornerback they covet, based off of the inconsistent secondary play they had last season. This trade allows them to move right into where I expect Darqueze Dennard to be taken. This trade also allows them to unload disgruntled running back LaMichael James, and pick up a 4th rounder in the process.
For the Jets, this trade works because it keeps them in the first round and nets them an additional second round pick. They can then take Texas Tech Tight End Jace Amaro or USC Wide Receiver Marqise Lee if either is available at 30 and then use pick 52 to target a CB. The Jets would, also, add LaMichael James; James has fallen out of favor with the 49ers, but brings game breaking speed and would help in the return game.
The Jets trade the 154th overall pick to the Oakland Raiders for Wide Receiver Denarius Moore
Word is the Raiders are looking to move Denarius Moore, and the Jets should make a move for the wide receiver. Moore, despite horrible quarterback play a year ago, notched 46 catches, 695 yards, and 5 TDs. Moore could slide in opposite Eric Decker, and give Geno Smith two physical wide receivers. Moore is 6’0”, but he plays much bigger than that and can stretch the field. Adding him to Decker, a draft pick and Jeremy Kerley gives the Jets four very good wide receivers for Geno Smith or Mike Vick to throw to. It is a low risk/high reward move for the Jets.
The Jets trade the 104th pick to the Houston Texans for Cornerback Jonathan Joseph and pick number 141
The Jets get Rex Ryan a legit cornerback in Jonathan Joseph, who excels in man coverage, and would fit in well in the Jets schemes as a physical veteran option. He’ also entering the final year of his deal, so the Jets wouldn’t be tied to him financially after this coming season.
The Jets trade CB Kyle Wilson and the 195th pick to the Jacksonville Jaguars for Pick 150 and a 2015 4th rounder
The Jaguars need cornerbacks to play the Seattle-like defense Head Coach Gus Bradley wants to implement. This move nets the Jaguars a young and inexpensive cornerback that hasn’t gotten much opportunity to play on the outside, but who others seem to have a very high opinion of. The Jet could potentially turn the 150th pick into Aaron Murray, who can be developed and provide competition for Geno Smith or Mike Vick.
The Jets trade WR Stephen Hill and the 80th Pick Overall to the Cleveland Browns for the 71st Pick and the 127th pick
The Browns are bringing in QBs Vince Young and Tyler Thigpen for a workout this week, a possible sign hat they are not enamored by any of the potential first round quarterbacks in this draft. I also don’t think they take Sammy Watkins with their first of two first round picks. This trade nets the Browns a big and fast wide receiver that seems to have fallen out of favor with the Jets. Moving back in the third round isn’t that bad a move for Cleveland as they are able to net a player they can utilize opposite Josh Gordon. The Jets end the Stephen Hill experiment and move up to the early stages of round three. They, also, net a fourth rounder in the process.