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After a disappointing four-win season under first-year head coach Robert Saleh, the New York Jets are expected to have two first-round picks in the 2022 NFL Draft.
New York has its own pick (fourth overall) and the Seattle Seahawks pick (10th) – the latter from successful trade Jamal Adams.
Is there a chance GM Joe Douglas will end up turning and negotiating instead of using these two very valuable picks?
SNY Jets insider Ralph Vacchiano has some inside information on this, and it’s pretty interesting.
“I’ve heard rumors that the Jets would rather trade that pick if they can. And while they could use it to bring a player back (like maybe a No. 1 receiver), I think it’s more likely that they’ll trade and see if they can pick up an extra No. 1 pick. for next year,” Vacchiano reported. . “If quarterbacks start to fall – as many are predicting – teams will start to hyperventilate and start offering a lot to get ahead (like the Bears did with the Giants last year), so Douglas could take advantage of that. “
The idea here is that a team in need of a quarterback could come calling if the players at that position drop. It is considered a weak draft in this class. Flush with 2021 No. 2 pick Zach Wilson, the New York Jets aren’t needy in that position. Therefore, why trading and picking up more provisional capital might make sense. Adding a true No. 1 receiver for Wilson could also be in the cards.
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New York Jets trade options for 2022 NFL Draft
There are quarterback-needy teams that pick later in the first round of the draft. That includes the Minnesota Vikings (12th), New Orleans Saints (18th) and Pittsburgh Steelers (20th). All three could make sense in Jets trade scenarios.
It’s also possible that New York is trying to speed up its rebuilding by finding more weapons in Wilson. At this point in their offseason, there is no indication one way or another who might be available at the wide receiver.
New Orleans Saints Michael Thomas and Atlanta Falcons star Calvin Ridley are two star passers who could hit the trading block. To a lesser extent, pulling out a trade for Davante Adams from the Green Bay Packers (if he’s franchised) would be in the cards.
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New York Jets Simulation Project
Sportsnaut updates its weekly NFL Mock Draft. Here’s the direction the Jets are heading with their two first-round picks right now.
- Kyle Hamilton, security, Notre Dame
Robert Saleh’s defense needs a leader in the secondary who can clean up mistakes and make plays. Enter Kyle Hamilton. The Notre Dame safety is one of the few players in his position who will be drafted with a top-5 pick. Pair it with an edge rusher and passing against New York will actually become a challenge.
- George Karlaftis, EDGE, Purdue
George Karlaftis doesn’t have the stats of an elite passing rush, recording just 4.5 sacks in 2021. But at 6-foot-4, a player who has earned a spot on college football’s monster list by Bruce Feldman in 2021 and draws immense praise for his work ethic, Karlaftis can be among the top 5 picks. He is the edge rusher that Robert Saleh’s defense lacks.
It would be the antithesis of New York looking for more weapons for Wilson. Then again, getting more building blocks for Saleh on defense could also be in the cards.
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