With the off season in full swing and every sports new source out there doing their own mock draft a picture is starting to develop of which players will end up where. However, one thing most of these mock drafts typically don’t talk about is the possibility of a team trading away a draft pick. I have written before about how I think the Jets should draft either Mike Evans, Marqise Lee or Eric Ebron with their first round pick, but what happens if these players are gone by the time the Jets are on the board.
In the past under Mike Tannenbaum there were several occasions when the Jets traded up to get the player they wanted. The examples of this are Mark Sanchez and Stephen Hill, and in both occasions the Jets lost later round picks to get what they thought would be a game changing player. Mark Sanchez will likely not be a Jet for much longer and Stephen Hill will be fighting his way back to the starting lineup so this is proof that this approach doesn’t always pan out.
John Idzik is decidedly more restrained in his decision making and proves to have a tempered approach to filling a roster. Idzik is not about the big name, he is more about the diamonds in the rough. With this in mind if the player Idzik wants is not there when the Jets are on the clock, he will likely try to trade down, gaining additional picks in the later rounds. Typically the 1st and 2nd round are where teams get players who can be immediate contributors, with the 3rd, 4th and 5th round dedicated to developmental players and the 6th and 7th rounds tend to be camp bodies.
However, these are merely guidelines and there have been many players in the past who have been major contributors to teams who were never even drafted. With the right scouting play-makers can be found in any round of the draft, as exampled by Russell Wilson in Seattle. Given the many needs the Jets will have to put a competitive team on the field, I would not be surprised if Idzik trades down for more picks, and potential pick’s next year. This has been a strategy of several competitive teams in the league such as the Patriots, the Niners, and the Seahawks.