NFL Draft Trades New York Jets Need to Make

Dalbin Osorio lays out five potential trades for the New York Jets to make in the NFL Draft

The New York Jets have the 6th pick in the NFL Draft. But, would they be wise to remain there? Here are five moves Dalbin Osorio thinks Jets General Manager Mike Maccagnan needs to make during the NFL draft, with players targeted from the move. The first two moves are “either or” scenarios.


The New York Jets trade the 6th pick in the first round to the Cleveland Browns for the 12th and 19th pick in the first round
Analysis
This trade allows the Jets to gain two picks in the middle of round one, and they only fall back six spots. No other draft picks need to be exchanged because the value on the trade value chart fits. Armed with these two draft picks, the Jets can target:
12: Bud Dupree, DE, Kentucky
19: La’El Collins, OT, LSU

This trade gets the Jets the edge rusher that they are missing in Dupree, and it solidifies their offensive line with the selection of the best offensive lineman in the draft.

The New York Jets trade the 6th pick in the first round to the New Orleans Saints for the 13th and 31st pick in round one
Analysis
Same logic as above, as the Jets now acquire a second first round pick. The second first is at the end of round one, which will allow the Jets to target a player that either slips or gives them adequate ammunition to move up to the mid 20s if they would want to.
13: Shane Ray, OLB, Missouri
31: AJ Cann, OG, South Carolina

This trade nets the Jets the edge rusher they need but from a guy that projects much better as an OLB. It also gets them a solid starter on their offensive line in Cann, albeit a lesser prospect than Collins, in my opinion.

The New York Jets trade the 37th pick in the draft to the San Francisco 49ers for the 46th pick and the 79th pick in the draft
Analysis
The Jets deal from a position of strength in this pick and net a second third-round pick that allows them to fill more holes. Armed with these two picks, they can target:
46: Duke Johnson, RB, Miami
79: Justin Hardy, WR, ECU

With this move, the Jets add a RB in Duke Johnson that excels in the passing game and a WR in Justin Hardy that could end up being the best wide receiver in this class when you look back in five years. They could also target safety Cody Prewitt from Mississippi with their first third round pick and really solidify their improved secondary.

The New York Jets trade the 101st pick in the draft to the Baltimore Ravens for the 119th and 122nd picks in the draft
Analysis
This trade, like the ones above, nets the Jets an extra draft pick pick. With three of these moves, the Jets go from having six total picks to nine total picks, including five in the first threee rounds. With their two fourth rounders, they could add:
119: Taiwan Jones, ILB, Michigan State
122: Jesse James, TE, Penn State

This move allows the Jets to add the David Harris heir apparent in the incredibly underrated thumper Taiwan Jones and a behemoth of a tight end in Jesse James, who can improve on his blocking, but would be a great player to team with Jace and would help the Jets in the red zone.

Overview
By completing the first, third, and fourth move the Jets would theoretically walk out of the draft with the following prospects:

12: Bud Dupree, DE, Kentucky
19: La’El Collins, OT, LSU
46: Duke Johnson, RB, Miami
70. Cody Prewitt, S, Mississippi
79: Justin Hardy, WR, ECU
119: Taiwan Jones, ILB, Michigan State
122: Jesse James, TE, Penn State
198: David Cobb, RB, Minnesota
199: Brandon Ivory, DT, Alabama

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Author: Dalbin Osorio

Dalbin Osorio is a Case Planner for Graham-Windham, New York's oldest child welfare agency. He is, also, a student at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College. Dalbin graduated from Monroe College with a degree in Business Administration. A 3 sport utility man in high school (think a mix of Jerome WIlliams, Brad Smith, and Jayson Nix), he joined TOJ in 2013.