The New York Jets and other NFL teams got hit with a ripple effect after the Los Angeles Rams and Tennessee Titans pulled off a blockbuster trade in the upcoming 2016 NFL Draft.
The NFL world was shocked today by the news that the Titans had traded away the No. 1 overall pick in the upcoming draft to the Rams. Here’s the official tweet from Adam Schefter of ESPN:
Titans get:1st (15 overall)2nd (43)2nd (45)3rd (76)1st-rd pick in 20173rd-rd pick in 2017
Rams get:1st (No. 1)4th (113)6th (177)
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 14, 2016
Draft pick trades of this magnitude rarely happen on draft day, let alone weeks before the actual draft. As such, this deal will have a massive ripple effect on the entire draft. Given the Rams-Titans trade, here are the top three takeaways that New York Jets fans should expect heading into the draft.
1. The Jets are now significantly less likely to draft a quarterback in the first round.
By paying so much to acquire the No. 1 overall pick, the Rams ensured that they will draft a quarterback. The Cleveland Browns, sitting with the No. 2 overall pick, are also highly likely to draft a quarterback. Carson Wentz and Jared Goff are the consensus top two quarterbacks in the draft, and will now almost certainly be taken with the top two picks.
The only other quarterback potentially worth taking in the first round is Paxton Lynch. With both the Philadelphia Eagles and San Francisco 49ers looming as potential quarterback destinations, Lynch may not reach the Jets. Even if he does, there is no certainty that the Jets think the raw potential of Lynch is worthy of a first round selection.
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2. The Jets are also unlikely to trade up in the first round.
Because Goff and Wentz will not be dropping in the draft, the Jets will not be trading up to select a quarterback in the first round.
While it is possible that the Jets could fall in love with a particular offensive lineman or pass rusher and still trade up, it may make more sense for the team to save picks and stand pat at No. 20.
3. Wilkerson to the Titans?
The Titans were masterful in this trade, as they acquired a haul of draft picks and the opportunity to surround Marcus Mariota with talented players. The Jets, presumably still looking to trade Muhammad Wilkerson for draft picks, may have found a new trade partner. This potential trade is highly speculative but certainly worth paying attention to as we approach the draft.