Recently it seems al to of teams have started to eye moving up in the draft, specially at or around the No. 17 pick. Yesterday we heard a report that that Baltimore Ravens were already fielding trade calls about their pick and the incentive seemed to be that Baltimore picks on slot ahead of the New York Jets.
The New York Jets may be able to counter that and use their 12 picks to simply move ahead of the Ravens and render any talk between Baltimore and teams wanting to leap frog New York useless.
“The nice thing about having 12 picks is it does give you flexibility and maneuverability within the draft,” Jets G.M. John Idzik said, via ProFootballTalk.com. “So if you have fewer picks, I guess you’re less apt to do that.”
The Jets are coveting a wide receiver and while they may not be able to trade up and grab Sammy Watkins, they could very well move up in a position where they can take Mike Evans or at least ensure they get the third best prospect at the position.
There’s no certainty this will happen, as 12 picks in a deep draft is a valuable thing, but the Jets very clearly have options and aren’t locked in at No. 18 overall.