Dec 31, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Texas A&M Aggies wide receiver Mike Evans (13) catches a pass between Duke Blue Devils cornerback Ross Cockrell (6) and Kyler Brown (56) during the second quarter in the 2013 Chick-fil-a Bowl at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Draft Rumors: Jets would have to trade past Buccaneers to draft Mike Evans

The New York Jets are almost certainly going to draft a wide receiver in the first round of the NFL Draft next month, but the question is quickly becoming not if they’re going to take a wide out but where are they going to take one. While names like Odell Beckham and Marqise Lee are being kicked around, Mike Evans has been on New York’s radar but they will need more than a wing and a prayer to land him.

According to Jets beat writer Manish Mehta, if the Jets plan on landing Mike Evans, they’d better start working on a trade that has them picking before the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at No. 7 overall.


This seems to be a bit of a no-brainer as Evans is a top prospect and will be the consolation prize to anyone coveting Sammy Watkins. That looks to be the Buccaneers but it’s unclear shot hey covet and if they’ll even stay at No. 7 to make their selection.

Either way, it appears that among the Jets draft day options, trading up must now be considered among their likely options.

Tags: New York Jets NFL Draft 2014 Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  • Paul Newbold

    A corner in the first. They have no choice but to fix the secondary. Rex Ryan must be screaming by now. With only Millner and Wilson as starters from last season, a question mark in Patterson, and a steep drop off in talent after that, corner is now the Jets most pressing need! They can find a WR in the following round, but likely won’t find a starting quality corner there. They may need to trade up, but not nearly as far and they could get lucky and their man could be there at #18. People have told me I’m crazy, and I know its very unpopular, but I’m thinking our first two picks might be defensive. With the addition of a top corner and a second round OLB, the Jet defensive rebuild would be basically be done, setting them up with youth and talent for years. With a deep draft at WR, they could grab several upside WR through rounds 3 and 4 to develop, while still improving their offense. If they still have a need for a #1 type going into the following season, they could draft one then. I know…. I know…I’m crazy….but its a plan…I’m still wondering if Idzik has one!

  • doc3osh

    How did you come to the conclusion that “trading up must be considered among their likely options?” It’s incredibly unlikely that they will trade up in the first round at all– in fact it would not shock me if they traded down depending how the board falls. And it’s almost impossible to imagine that they would trade up to get a WR in such a WR-heavy draft. If somehow Rex convinces Idzik to trade up one or two spots for Dennard, I could see it, but trading up for a WR in the first round is not happening.

  • philip

    i dont think evans is guy you need to trade up to get… you dont trade your entire draft to evans (that is what it will take)…. you trade up to get Sammy Watkins, he is a beast, he is worth the investment… i feel that there are plenty of players that will be sitting at 18 that we can take that would be perfect #1′s. beckham, cooks, benjamin…. they say cooks reminds people of desean jackson (who was taken in the 2nd round) who knows??

    • ronnieblowhard

      DeSean fell because of character issues. Which, apparently, may have been correct.

  • ronnieblowhard

    I wouldn’t see trading up for a WR in this draft. There are plenty of #1 guys at that position where the Jets will be picking. Even quite a few with their second round pick. I’d trade up if you wanted a quality offensive lineman, TE or something of that nature. Since there will more than likely be a pretty big falloff between the number 1 TE or top Offensive Tackles in this draft. But WR is stacked and you should be able to get plenty of value later in the draft. That’s just too many picks to give up for one player.