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Latest draft buzz: Jets linked to top 5 trade-up, LSU wide receiver

Malik Nabers, Brian Thomas Jr.
Malik Nabers, Brian Thomas Jr., Getty Images

New York Jets are being frequently linked to wide receivers, including a potential blockbuster trade

The draft rumors are heating up, and the New York Jets are heavily involved.

In an article from ESPN’s Dan Graziano and Jeremy Fowler, the Chargers (situated in the No. 5 slot) are mentioned as a team “eager” to trade down. They then mentioned why the Jets would be a legitimate partner for a move.

“One thing to keep in mind: New Chargers GM Joe Hortiz has a long-standing relationship with Jets GM Joe Douglas from their days together in Baltimore. And Douglas, who picks 10th overall, has proven a willing trade partner, though the Jets aren’t hunting for a quarterback and might be less inclined to move,” said Fowler.

Additionally, The Athletic’s Dane Brugler mentioned the Jets in a post about LSU’s Brian Thomas Jr. He said that the receiver could go “as early as No. 10 to NYJ or go 10 picks later.”

While not intrinsically linked, these two reports show that the Jets are not locked into one specific way of thinking for this year’s draft.

They could be aggressive in moving up, content with staying at number 10 overall, or move back in the draft to recoup capital. Whatever route they choose to take, multiple promising players will be available for New York.

Ultimately, it all depends on how the board falls on Thursday night. The Jets cannot control what the teams ahead of them do and will have to act accordingly based on prior selections. It will be extremely interesting to see how the draft plays out for New York tomorrow night.

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Peter Buell
Peter Buell
27 days ago

Given the Jets have a proven super-star qb when he was healthy and at age 38 and we should expect at least above average qb play for the next two years barring injury, the Jets should go all in.
They can use contracr re-structures and extensions and 2025 picks to trade for one of Tee Higgins or Brandon Aiyuk while using a day 2 pick this and next year to move up to 6 or 7 if Joe Alt is still there.
Going one step crazier…after reading again about the infamous Hershal Walker trade.
While not THAT drastic, what if Joe D both moves up a couple spots using future picks AND uses additional future picks to grab Arizona’s #4.
If willing Arizona would likely demand the next two years 1st rounders (2025/6) and a 3rd, at minimum.
The Jets could then draft Harrison Jr and Joe Alt.
They would be using significant future capital to add a second top player this year which would be the final move to give Aaron Rodgers as many weapons as possible including guarding his flank.
It’s not often done because of it fails or even if it’s not wildly successful, the GM is gambling his job.
I admit it’s way out there but soon the young guys will be lining up to get paid…there’s a 2…possibly 3 year window to add to that lonely looking Supe 3 trophy.