Could the New York Jets trade up in the 2022 NFL draft?
Senior Bowl week is a hot time for spicy rumors to travel around the National Football League.
ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler published an article on Saturday that rounded up some of the buzz that has made its way around Mobile. Included in Fowler’s notes is an interesting tidbit surrounding the New York Jets‘ potential plans for the NFL draft.
Fowler hints that some around the league view the Jets as a possible trade-up candidate.
“Teams are expecting plenty of trade attempts high in the draft,” Fowler writes. “With no clear-cut quarterback options in the top 10, several teams will want to move back — possibly even the Jacksonville Jaguars at No. 1.”
Fowler continues, “A few execs will be watching the New York Jets closely, too. New York has four of the first 38 picks, including two in the top 10. They could flip those four selections into two or three premium players with a move up. GM Joe Douglas loves linemen, so that’s always in play, but the Jets also need help at tight end and in the secondary.”
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Jets general manager Joe Douglas favored trading down versus trading up over his first two drafts at the helm. Of his five draft-day trades, four were trade-downs and one was a trade-up.
Of course, the one trade-up was Douglas’ biggest draft-day move of all. That was his deal with the Minnesota Vikings in the first round of the 2021 draft, when he traded a first-round pick and two third-round picks (23rd, 66th, and 88th overall) for a first-round pick and fourth-round pick (14th and 143rd overall) to move up and grab USC guard Alijah Vera-Tucker at No. 14.