What would it take for the New York Jets to trade up in the 2014 NFL Draft?

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A talent like this doesn’t come around every year. The Jets need to snag this elite weapon before it’s too late. He will instantly become the #1 receiver on the Jets depth chart, which isn’t saying much, but he’d still emerge as Geno Smith’s favorite go-to target. And the best part is, he won’t cost much.

Now, if the Jets can somehow draft Eric Ebron and Jordan Matthews with the first two picks, I am all for it. Believe it or not, I’d actually enjoy that.

But I doubt Ebron will make it to the 18th pick. And Jordan Matthews could go higher than most expect. So the Jets could be pressed to add weapons via free agency which could cost a bunch. They will have up to around $40 Million to play with, but knowing Idzik, he won’t use all of it. Resigning players like Calvin Pace, Austin Howard, Nick Folk, and even Ed Reed could be the plan. The Jets will also have to pay for the draft picks, which won’t cost a ton. But after a trade for a #6 pick from Atlanta for Sammy Watkins, the Jets would still have a pick in the 3rd (80), a pick in the 4th (111), one in the 6th, and up to three picks in the 7th round. That’s assuming the Jets get a 6th rd. compensatory pick for one of the players lost after the 2012 season (DeVito, Bell, Landry, etc.).


Watkins is clearly the most talented wide receiver coming out of this year’s draft. Adding a player of Watkins caliber would make Jets offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg’s job a lot easier. The Jets would instantly become a playoff contender by drafting Watkins. It’s as simple as that. Actually, “simple” might be a poor choice of wording. It’ll take an abundance of draft picks to move up, as stated earlier. But the Jets have lacked a dominant #1 receiver since the days of Keyshawn Johnson. I believe Watkins will be better than Key. And he won’t be fighting with quarterback’s to “give him the damn ball”.

Here is what NFL analyst Bucky Brooks had to say about the Jets adding Watkins…

The Jets thrust Geno Smith into the starting lineup in Year 1, yet provided him with few weapons on the perimeter to foster his development. Consequently, the rookie quarterback slogged through a topsy-turvy season that saw him toss 21 interceptions, yet deliver a pair of fourth-quarter comebacks and five game-winning drives. While the youngster needs to learn how to take care of the ball and avoid the costly mistake, the presence of a dynamic receiver on the outside would take his game to the next level. With Watkins capable of stretching the field on vertical routes, Smith would see bigger windows on underneath routes, while still having the option to target his new toy on downfield throws. Additionally, Watkins’ spectacular running skills would allow Smith to generate gaudy production on low-risk throws like slants and screens. If the Jets can find a way to produce a few more points on offense, the stifling defense is more than capable of carrying Gang Green back into the playoffs next year.”

With all of this said, let’s remember that this only works if Watkins slips to #6 overall. He would have to pass St. Louis, Jacksonville, Cleveland, and Oakland. Of course, that’s assuming the Texans take a QB or Clowney with the 1st overall selection. But it’s certainly a possibility. Houston, Jacksonville, Cleveland, and Oakland all have needs at the quarterback position. If Watkins slides, you can bet a team will be willing to trade up. The Falcons, sitting at #6, could want to stockpile draft picks to make up for all they lost trading up for Julio Jones in the draft a few years back. If, and only if, Watkins slips to the Falcons at #6, the Jets should be the first ones to call Atlanta and talk trades.

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  • Paul Newbold

    Insanity!! I agree Watkins is far above the rest of this class, but the class is still outstanding. To trade a #1, #2, #3, and numbers 5 and 6 for one player is just crazy! Every team has 8 picks going into the draft plus compensatory picks, so what you are proposing is basically trading away 3/4 of the annual draft for one player? Too many holes on this team to even contemplate!! I firmly believe the Jets stay put at #18, they might try to work their way back into the second to acquire two 2nd rounders, but otherwise I think Idzik will use his picks as they stand.

    • JETSerious

      Thanks for the comment, Paul. You make a good point. This article is more hypothetical than anything. I believe we will stay put at 18, and rightfully so. With that said, this is mainly just looking through the eyes of a trade. It’s very unlikely that it would happen, as you probably know.

      Thanks again for reading!

  • Ozman

    How about Brandon Coleman WR from Rutgers this kid is a beast .. I will not give all those picks just for Sammy watskins not a good Idea at all ..

    • JETSerious

      Thanks for the comment! It is a lot to give up just for one player. Watkins is the only prospect that I would trade for, but after calculating the numbers and what it would take to trade up, it’s very gutsy. As for Brandon Coleman, I’ll have to do some research. To be honest, I am not familiar with him yet, so It’d be foolish for me to comment.

      Stay tuned & vote for our TJP Hall of Fame Nominees at The Jet Press!

    • Brian MacNiven

      Brandon Coleman has the potential to be a number 1 receiver, however he is too raw at this point in time and needs to develop. I do believe that he is worth a look in the 3rd/4th round and could be a valuable pick up to any team looking for a big Alshon Jeffery type receiver as long as they have the patience.

  • Brian MacNiven

    First of all, Dez Bryant is elite. Nice call.

    Secondly, I am curious as to how you calculated the cost for moving up to six (#18, #49, #69, #142, #178). That seems like an immensely steep price to move up 12 slots. I am inquiring because the Cowboys moved up 8 spots to snag Morris Claiborne with the #6 pick in the 2012 draft and it only cost them picks #14 and #45 (1st and 2nd Round). Could you shed some light on your reasoning?

    Lastly, I agree that trading up for the clearly elite Watkins is an instant game changer and could be worth the risk for the right trade. If not I think the Jets should stay put and wait on Evans, however if he is no longer around they should consider trading back with the potential to pick up Benjamin or just stockpile draft picks to fill more holes. Let me know what you think!

  • Van Hazard

    Trading up for Watkins is a really bad idea. Not only would it cost picks Jets desperately need to fill numerous holes, but it dismisses the hard fact that the Jets don’t need one great WR opposing DC’s can take out of games, but several really good ones that give Marty and Geno multiple options and play-makers to work with.

    IF Jets were to move up it should be only a spot or two, and only to get Ebron @ TE. There are perhaps ten quality WR’s in this draft…ALL better than any receiver the Jets currently have. Get your play-making TE in first round…either Ebron or Amaro…then circle back and get a WR with second pick…or maybe get creative and bundle their second rounder with another pick or two (They have two 3rd rounders) to move back into the first round to get their wideout of choice.