Oct 5, 2014; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Jets tackle Breno Giacomini (68) and guard Willie Colon (66) and wide receiver Greg Salas (17) line up during the fourth quarter against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
The Jets headed into this off-season with a losing record, a high pick in the draft and a team thin in talent at a plethora of positions. While some will make a case for trading up in the draft to grab a potential franchise quarterback for the Jets, this would likely not be a wise move. With the many needs the Jets have, and the limits on what a team can do in free agency, the team will need all six of their remaining draft picks to help start building the team of the future.
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Trading Up Makes it Hard to Improve in All Areas
Dec 21, 2014; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith (7) drops back to pass against the New England Patriots during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
The Jets needs stretch far and wide and on both the defensive and offensive side of the football. On defense the Jets will need to bolster the line backing corps as well as a cornerback situation that was abysmal last season. On offense the Jets need play making wide receivers as well as some help on the offensive line. Trading up for a Marcus Mariota or Jameis Winston will leave whichever one they get with a deficient team.
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The Value of the Different Draft Rounds
Aug 1, 2013; Cortland, NY, USA; New York Jets defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson (91) and defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson (96) stretch during training camp at SUNY Cortland. Mandatory Credit: William Perlman/THE STAR-LEDGER via USA TODAY Sports
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What the Jets do in the first and second round will be most important as it is the best spot to get quality talent that is ready to start. The third and fourth will be developmental players while every pick after will be an attempt to find a diamond in the rough. With the amount of glaring deficiencies it also wouldn’t hurt the Jets to trade back, get a later pick in the first round and maybe an extra second or third rounder. This could end up being a very real possibility if Winston drops to us at number 6 like Josh Sanchez predicts.