The New York Jets are looking at their current position in the NFL Draft tomorrow — which is the No. 18 overall pick — and they’re starting to get the feeling that they won’t find what they want if they stay put. Trading up in the draft seems to be the best way to ensure you get who you want and that’s what the Jets appear to have up their sleeves heading into the big day.
According to Manish Mehta from the New York Daily News, the Jets have begun telling teams picking ahead of them that they are willing to move up and switch picks with them. The reasoning behind such a move, as Mehta points out, is to fill holes the Jets have on the roster.
After Idzik used only about 47% of his available salary-cap space this offseason (excluding the projected rookie pool amount), he must be aggressive this week to fill a few glaring holes on Rex Ryan’s team. To that end, the Jets have told teams that they’re interested in trading up in the first round, according to a source.
Usually when you’re filling glaring holes, you trade down to compile picks but it’s clear that the Jets aren’t going to settle for a bunch of guys filling a role, they want to hit a home run. It’s unclear, however, just who they want to take as wide receiver, cornerback and offensive line could all use work and trading up means a limited amount of picks later in the draft.