Mike Maccagnan has not been hesitant to make trades around and during the NFL Draft, whether it’s for veteran reinforcements (Ryan Clady) or star players (Brandon Marshall). This year, there seems to be an abundance of guys rumored to be on the block. With the Jets having limited draft capital, it seems like they won’t be getting involved. However, Macchiato Mike would be wise to circle back to teams he has traded with to both add draft capital and/or more talent to a team that is still a few players away from competing for a playoff spot. Here are 6 trades the Jets could make this weekend with partners they’ve had in the past under Mike Maccagnan, as well as who i’d take with the picks received using Matt Miller’s mock draft from this morning as a guide:
- The New York Jets trade the 3rd pick overall to the Houston Texans for OLB Jadaveon Clowney, the 23rd, 54th, 86th, 220th pick, and a 2020 2nd. The Jets have traded with the Texans before, and this trade let’s them both recoup the 2nd rounder they lost in the Sam Darnold trade, add an edge rusher, get a third 3rd rounder, and a 2020 2nd rounder as well. From 3 to 23 may seem like a steep drop, but when you factor in how much h the Jets get back in both draft capital AND player its a no brainer. Clowney is coming off back to back 9+ sack seasons, and would immediately slot into one of the OLB positions in the Jets’s base defense. A new contract would come with the trade, I suspect, but the Jets are well positioned cap wise to pay Clowney what he is worth.
Pick: LSU CB Greedy Williams (23rd) slots in as Johnson’s running mate and eventually takes over as the number one corner, C Erick McCoy (54th) starts at C for Sam Darnold, OT David Edwards (86th) develops behind Beachum for the year and then takes over as the LT, and TE Caleb Wilson (220th) as the second pass catching TE needed in this offense
2. The New York Jets trade ILB Darron Lee and the third pick overall to the Denver Broncos for CB Chris Harris, the 10th pick, and the 71st pick overall. the Jets have a need at cornerback, no matter what they try to say about Darryl Roberts’s ability to start opposite Trumaine Johnson, and adding the former All-Pro in Harris, Jr. would be a solid move to bolster this secondary. Harris graded out as the third best corner via PFF before he got injured, and he is entering the final year of his deal. Tacking one more year to Harris’s deal would give the Jets their two starting cornerbacks in the fold until after the 2020 season.
Pick: EDGE Brian Burns (10th) in this spot is a steal imo, WR Terry McClaurin (71st) continues to diversify the WR group
3. The New York Jets trade ILB Darron Lee and their two third rounders in 2019 to the Los Angeles Rams for the 31st pick in R1 and the 169th pick overall. The 31st pick is an incredibly valuable pick to have in this draft because there is alot of talent, particularly at the OL and WR positions, that could help the Jets next year. Imagine the Jets benefit from the good fortune of having Ohio State EDGE Nick Bosa fall to them at 3. You take him at 3, and he’s now your starter at OLB. You make this move, and then you’re at 31 with Dalton Risner staring you in your face. You now aggressively have used your two first round picks to solidify your pass rush and your offensive line for the next decade. Walking out with Bosa and Risner makes the rest of your draft just gravy. The Rams are in the market for an ILB to play next to free agent acquisition Clay Matthews, so Lee could fill a need for them.
Pick: OL Dalton Risner (31st) to start at C, S Marvel Tell III (169th) for safety depth
4. The New York Jets trade ILB Darron Lee and the 68th pick overall to the Cleveland Browns for RB Duke Johnson and the 119th pick overall. The Jets added both LeVeon Bell and Ty Montgomery in the offseason, and yet somehow still brought in the most RBs for visits during the pre-draft process. Something tells me they are really committed to make sure Bell makes it through his first full season back. Adding the versatile Duke Johnson, who the Browns have been reportedly shopping, would be a really good get. It would probably signal the end for Elijah McGuire, seeing as how Trenton Cannon offers more STs value, but a stable of Bell, Montgomery (who would probably double as a WR at times), and the underrated Johnson would be incredibly helpful to Sam Darnold in year 2. You also send Lee to a team he’s been linked too alot this offseason, and while you give up a high 3rd you’re also awarded a 4th.
Pick: OT Bobby Evans (119th), could be a 10 year starter in this league at LT
5. The New York Jets trade the third pick overall to the Philadelphia Eagles for WR Nelson Agholor, the 25th pick, 53rd pick, 57th pick, a 2020 first, and a 2020 2nd. A drop this far back is going to cost the team that tries to go up alot, and partially why the haul here is way more than what Houston gave up in the first scenario. Also, Clowney is a different caliber player than Agholor. However, adding him to a receiving core of Enunwa, Anderson, and Crowder puts the Jets in the discussion for having arguably the deepest WR corp in the league. He’s had back to back 60+ catch 700+ yard seasons, and has shown an ability to return kicks. The Eagles, under Howie Roseman, have not shown a desire to play it safe, and they have their franchise QB back this year. They’re a team to watch, and could go up and add a Nick Bosa or Josh Allen to what should be a very good defense.
Pick: NT Dexter Lawrence (25th) to start at the nose in the base 3-4, OT Greg Little (53rd) as the future franchise LT, and EDGE Jachai Polite (57th) as the starter at OLB and premier pass rusher this defense needs.
6. The New York Jets trade the 93rd and 105th pick to the Chicago Bears for the 87th pick The Beas gutted their draft capital to go and get Khalil Mack last year, and Ryan Pace has repeatedly shown he is not afraid to make moves. This is a move with an eye towards him adding an additional pick with a former trade partner. This is, also, the Jets going up to get a player that is probably not available for them at 93. This has to be a move to get a player you feel can be successful right away, and its a move I can definitely see the Jets make.
Pick: CB Joejuan Williams (87th) to start opposite Trumaine Johnson next year