The New York Jets hold the No. 3 pick in the NFL draft this year, and a selection that high is often perfect for teams looking to grab high-profile quarterbacks.
The Jets already have their man in Sam Darnold, which indicates that they could trade back for a king ransom and still grab a fundamental building block for the team. A smart pick would be towards improving the offensive line, a unit that ranked 25th in the league according to PFF.
The offensive line was built through veterans that, to be quite frank, were never that good, to begin with. Their best lineman was Kelvin Beachum who finished with a 66 overall rating.
Who should the New York Jets trade picks with?
A great option for the Jets to trade back with is the Jacksonville Jaguars. They still have a high pick at No. 7 but would likely have to give up their 2020 first-rounder to move up that many spots. It would allow them to take Dwayne Haskins or Kyler Murray. The Jets could walk away with a top pick and an extra first rounder in the year prior.
The no. 7 pick would still land them a high profile offensive or defensive lineman. Players like Alabama’s Jonah Williams or Florida’s Jawaan Taylor could be still available and represent a major upgrade on the offensive side of the ball.
Sam Darnold needs help one way or another:
The bottom line, Darnold needs protection to elevate his game. He was sacked 30 times in 2018, which isn’t terrible, but his lack of weapons surely held him back. If the Jets don’t want to go the route of offensive line, they can look to draft a high profile receiver like D.J. Metcalf who ran a 4.33 40-yard dash at 228 pounds. His size is similar to Julio Jones but he’s a tad faster and seems to be far stronger.
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I would only consider Metcalf if the Jets trade back further down past No. 7. It’s possible they could strike a deal with the Miami Dolphins.
Jets’ head coach Mike Maccagnan spoke to reporters about the chances of a moving down in the trade:
“Right now, we feel good at No. 3, but I’d definitely say if there’s an opportunity to trade down, we would absolutely look at it,” he said.