No team is better situated to make a splash on Thursday night than the Jets, who own the ninth and thirteenth picks in the first round. But Jets General Manager John Idzik sounds like a man who would prefer to add a lot of substance in the middle of the draft, rather than a little flash early.
Idzik told Sal Paolantonio of ESPN that the Jets fielded calls on Wednesday from teams that want to trade up, and he expects more calls on Thursday.
“I think the real substantive talks will come tomorrow,” he said. “I think we’re in a position at No. 9 and No. 13 in the first round to get two really good players, but it also opens up the gates for potential alternatives, potentially trading down and picking up more players. We’ll be open minded about it. This is a very deep draft.”
Where ever the Jets end up picking, at No. 9 and No. 13 or later, the big question is whether they will draft a quarterback like Ryan Nassib or Geno Smith. That would be the clearest sign yet that Idzik wants to move on from the quarterback he inherited, Mark Sanchez. All Idzik would say on that front is that he’s open to picking any player, at any position, including quarterback.
If the Jets trade down and the top quarterback on their board is still available late in the first round, Idzik may not be able to pass up the chance to draft Sanchez’s successor.