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NFL draft doc reveals NY Jets denied Rams trade offer for pick 10

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The Los Angeles Rams made an offer for the New York Jets’ 10th overall pick

On Friday, the NFL’s official X (formerly Twitter) account shared a fascinating clip from the new docuseries “NFL Draft: The Pick Is In,” which chronicles the 2024 NFL draft with behind-the-scenes footage from war rooms across the league.

In the clip, it is revealed that Los Angeles Rams general manager Les Snead called New York Jets general manager Joe Douglas with a trade offer for the 10th overall selection.

Situated in the 19th overall slot, Los Angeles offered New York the 52nd overall pick (second round) to try and move up nine spots into the Jets’ 10th pick. Snead is shown in the clip calling up Douglas to offer the package, saying, “Joe, we would think about coming up there, we got 52. Our second-round pick.”

Although Douglas’ response to the offer is not shown, Snead says after hanging up the phone, “He doesn’t think they’re going to move back that far.”

In an interview for the documentary, Snead says, “A lot of people do not like to trade back in the first round. You’ve waited a long time for that pick, you’ve studied, you’ve analyzed it. People will trade back, but it usually takes a lot.”

Based on the classic Jimmy Johnson trade chart, Douglas was wise to turn down the trade. The 10th overall pick is worth 1,300 points on its own. Snead’s proposed package was worth 1,255 points – the 19th pick is worth 875 points while the 52nd pick is worth 380 points. That’s a 45-point edge in the Rams’ favor, which is equivalent in value to a late fourth-round pick. So, the Jets would have lost out on overall value despite adding an extra selection, which is always a big no-no for teams moving down. Typically, the team moving down wins on the trade chart.

The Jets wound up trading down one spot with the Minnesota Vikings, netting a fourth-round pick (129th overall) and fifth-round pick (157th) for a sixth-round pick (203rd). The picks were essentially free money for Douglas, as the Vikings were moving up to take Michigan quarterback J.J. McCarthy, whom the Jets obviously would not have drafted. With the 11th pick, the Jets selected Penn State offensive tackle Olu Fashanu.

Los Angeles, meanwhile, remained situated in the 19th slot and took Florida State edge rusher Jared Verse.

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