Will Jets find a trade partner in Arizona for the No. 3 pick?

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Last year, the Jets traded up from No. 6 to No. 3 weeks before the draft. This year, the Jets hold the No. 3 pick, and their G.M. has made it clear that they’re willing to trade it.

With all teams gathering in Arizona for the NFL’s 2019 annual meeting, it’s the perfect place to wheel and to deal and to maybe get something done.

But here’s the thing that made the Jets’ move in 2018 risky, and that makes it harder to convince someone to pull the same trigger now. If a quarterback-needy team makes the climb to No. 3 a month before the draft, an engraved invitation to leapfrog the new No. 3 team will have been supplied to any/every other team that would like to draft one of the top quarterbacks.

Last year, the Jets were reasonably confident that a top-flight quarterback would be available at No. 3, with the consolation prize being generational tailback Saquon Barkley. This year, it’s possible that Kyler Murray and Dwayne Haskins will be gone with the first two picks. Unless the team that would move to No. 3 will be happy to pivot to someone like Nick Bosa, the much safer play would be to make the move to No. 3 once picks No. 1 and No. 2 had been taken.

That same reasoning applied last year to the Jets, but the thinking was that the Colts had other options (like the Bills) for a trade out of No. 3. This year, there’s apparently no sense yet of multiple teams clamoring to get in position behind the Cardinals and 49ers at No. 1 and No. 2, respectively.

Timing won’t matter to the Jets; the goal will be to get the best possible deal. And if waiting to see who’s left after the first two picks is what it takes, then that’s what the Jets will have to do.

20 responses to “Will Jets find a trade partner in Arizona for the No. 3 pick?

  1. No way any team can trade with the Jets until they see how the first two picks pan out. If the Cards pass on Murray and are unable to trade down, the Niners pick becomes huge trade bait.

  2. I don’t know if I would rule out the Jets trading back early after Drew Lock’s pro day. At #3 you would have a choice of Kyler, Haskins, or Lock. The Jets have been silent and quietly retaining their depth pieces while sitting on 29m in cap. There is also rumblings of a Darron Lee trade from Rich Cimini. I wouldn’t rule out the Jets packaging #3, Darron Lee, and a conditional late round pick in 2020 to land a player and more premium draft picks to fill needs at C, CB and OLB.

  3. While it is too early for any team to make an official trade with the Jets while all the teams are meeting together in Arizona it is the perfect time to get preliminary trades in place if the 49ers keep their pick and go w Bosa or any player as they won’t be taking a QB if they keep it. It’s a great place w all the teams there to c the potential trade market and why the #3 pick could fetch and how far back there are willing to move.

  4. One way or another, the Jets need to come out of the top of this draft with a passrusher. I don’t care if it’s from the draft or a vet trade. Jets need a edge pressure player.

  5. I’m all for the Jets to find a team to swap positions in first round and add picks to this year’s draft. They still need help for both O & D lines and depth. But they’ve needed a good impact pass rusher for decades now it feels. So it’s interesting they could stay put at 3 and have Joey Bosa fall to them.

  6. titimium says:
    March 24, 2019 at 12:01 pm
    I’m all for the Jets to find a team to swap positions in first round and add picks to this year’s draft. They still need help for both O & D lines and depth. But they’ve needed a good impact pass rusher for decades now it feels. So it’s interesting they could stay put at 3 and have Joey Bosa fall to them.
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    Joey Bosa will fall to them only if they trade with the Chargers.

  7. The Giants are the most likely candidate to trade up but they won’t. No way Gettleman hangs his hat on a trade. He’s the type to say they need draft capitol to fill holes and we took (pick a QB) because he was the BPA at pick 6. He can then quote the 50% fail rate of 1st round QB’s, if he fails.

    Even if he’s fired if a few years, it beats trading up because that proves you were in love with a QB and failed. He’s not the type to admit or want to be associated with that.

    Denver won’t trade up that far. They might go to 7. Murray goes to the Cardinals and the next QB will go the Giants. Unless no Murray at 1, so the Giants will have their choice.

  8. The Jets are in perfect position. They already have their franchise QB, so they’re hoping QB’s go 1-2 in the draft and leave the best defensive player to them. If there’s not one guy that they have rated above the others, they might trade. They shouldn’t do anything before those first two picks have been made on draft day. This could also be the year the best QB in the draft doesn’t even go in the first round. This is shaping up to be the most interesting draft in a long time. Full of surprises.

  9. Had the Colts waited last year until they were on the clock with Darnold still available, they would have gotten more than a pair of 2s.

  10. Murray and Haskins are not going 1/2 unless the Niners trade out. The Niners should have their pick of at LEAST Allen and Williams, Bosa a maybe until the cards make the selection. Can’t wait.

  11. GM’s are people, and they get antsy just like many others. Some might panic and pull the trigger when it’s not in their best interest to do so. Many have heat on them and think making a big play is the way to keep their job, when in reality, they usually lose big time.

  12. They’ll get nothing of value for it unless a team wants to come up to take a QB and I don’t really see a team coming up for Haskins or Lock, assuming Murray is long gone.

  13. the jets havent had a pass rush since they traded john abraham after the ’05 season.

  14. Amazing that the Jets always have these high draft picks. I’m envious. My team just goes to the Super Bowl every year.

  15. I would most certainly trade down. With all free agency spending spree they went on, they will be in salary cap hell in a few years. Only way to offset that a bit is through good homegrown talent.

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