Here is what the New York Jets have to do in order to land the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.
The 2019 NFL Draft is a long ways away. With that being said, many New York Jets fans are focused on where they will be selecting come April being that the team is and has been out of playoff contention. What does the draft have in store for Gang Green?
There’s still a chance that the Jets can get the No. 1 overall pick. If they lose their final two games, along with the Oakland Raiders and Arizona Cardinals losing at least one more game, the Jets will obtain the top overall pick.
Can this happen? Well, I think the Raiders can definitely beat the Denver Broncos this upcoming Sunday. The game is in Oakland, and the Broncos have been struggling as they are on a two-game losing streak. The last game the Raiders played in Oakland, they defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers and the previous game between the Raiders and Broncos this season was in Denver which was just a one-point win for the Broncos.
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Also, the Cardinals play the Seattle Seahawks in Week 17. There’s a chance that Seattle could clinch a playoff spot and may even be locked into the 5th seed by then.
If that’s the case, the Seahawks may not feel the need to play their key players which would significantly boost the Cardinals chances of winning.
Now, to focus on the later rounds in the draft, as you may know, the Jets do not have their second-round pick. Can they find another one to obtain?
I have an idea that might make a lot of sense. The Jacksonville Jaguars are clearly looking for a quarterback and they are desperate to get rid of Blake Bortles and his massive salary.
Because of how desperate they are, I bet they would attach a 2nd round pick in a trade to get rid of Bortles. If that’s the case, the Jets should step in. Like I stated before, they don’t have their own second-round pick and because the Jets have a massive amount of cap space, they can easily afford to take on his salary while making a big splash in free agency. Additionally, as much as people joke about him, Bortles would be a very good backup quarterback, which the Jets will need if 39-year-old Josh McCown retires at season’s end. A move like this would be identical to the Browns-Texans Brock Osweiler trade in 2017.
What about the middle rounds of the draft? This is where the Jets have been flat out awful, and that needs to change. Other than Leonard Williams, who was the 6th overall pick, every member of the Jets 2015 draft class is no longer on the team. The 2nd round selection of Christian Hackenberg in 2016 was a complete disaster, and the 3rd and 4th round picks in 2017, (ArDarius Stewart and Chad Hansen) failed to appear in a game for the Jets after their rookie seasons. Being that these are the later rounds in the draft, you can’t expect them to select a good player with every selection, but they definitely have to make an improvement.
How high will the Jets first round selection be? Will they able to acquire some good young offensive players to help out Sam Darnold? Will the Jets finally be able to capitalize on the middle round of the draft? Only time will tell but the Jets need some killer draft classes over the next few years to be contenders again in the future.