Last week, Jets General Manager John Idzik said that having 12 picks in this year’s draft gives the team the flexibility to make moves around the draft board later this week.
Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports that the Jets have spoken to teams about doing exactly that. Per Mehta, the Jets have been calling teams to let them know that they’re interested in trading up from the 18th overall pick in the first round on Thursday night.
There’s no word on how far the Jets would be interested in moving up or what it would cost for them to make a deal, but it would be more surprising if Idzik weren’t gauging the trade market ahead of the first round. Deliberate action has been a hallmark of Idzik’s first year-plus running the front office, especially his approach to free agency this year, so getting a read of the landscape ahead of time seems like par for the course.
The Jets’ needs at cornerback and wide receiver have drawn the most attention during the pre-draft period and a few of the top prospects at each spot should be available once the 18th pick comes up. If the Jets want to ensure that they get a particular player at either position (or another spot altogether), however, Idzik will have to shift from deliberation to action.