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New York Jets pull off trade-down deal with Bill Belichick, Patriots

UNSPECIFIED LOCATION - APRIL 23: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) In this still image from video provided by the New England Patriots, Head Coach Bill Belichick speaks via teleconference after being selected during the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft on April 23, 2020.
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Amazingly, Joe Douglas and the New York Jets pull off a draft-day, trade-down deal with Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots.

There is no one team off-limits.

With 10-15 picks prior to the New York Jets’ next pick, 101st overall (acquired by way of the team’s first trade-down deal via the Seattle Seahawks), Joe Douglas pulls off a trade with the evil empire itself, Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots.

The Pats received the Jets 101st pick (Round 3), and in exchange, the Jets graciously accept the 125th and 129th picks (both Round 3) and a sixth-round selection in 2021.

New England selected Virginia Tech tight end Dalton Keene in the 101-hole while the Jets await No. 125 patiently, yet again.

Douglas’s draft plan has been pretty clear. He seems to love experience (drafting three-straight seniors on Day 2 and two redshirt seniors) and versatility. He’s also loving the idea of extra assets.

After two Day 2 trades, Douglas has turned his eight selections into a total of 10. On Saturday, the Jets are set with three fourth-round picks, a fifth and the two original sixth-rounders they had coming into the draft.

Thus far, Louisville offensive tackle Mekhi Becton (Round 1), Baylor wide receiver Denzel Mims (Round 2), Florida edge Jabari Zuniga (Round 3) and California safety Ashtyn Davis (Round 3) round out New York’s selections.

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