Dee Ford trade could impact Jets chances at Nick Bosa
By Jake Spriggs
The dream of drafting Nick Bosa may have become more of a reality for the New York Jets after the San Francisco 49ers acquired Dee Ford from the Kansas City Chiefs. Sam Darnold somehow fell to the Jets in the 2018 NFL Draft, maybe it will happen again for the Jets with Bosa.
The New York Jets have made a number of moves in free agency that they are hoping will elevate them into a playoff contender in 2019. Le’Veon Bell, C.J. Mosley, and Jamison Crowder were the Jets major acquisitions along with several under-the-radar ones. These moves fill some key holes for Gang Green, but there is still one major hole that the Jets haven’t been able to fill successfully in over a decade: pass rusher.
Ever since John Abraham left the Jets to join the Atlanta Falcons after the 2005 season, finding someone who can consistently get to the quarterback has been nearly impossible. Players like Calvin Pace and Lorenzo Mauldin were expected to provide consistent pressure off the edge, but it never really worked out. Now, the Jets have a chance to land arguably the best pass rusher in the draft in Ohio State’s Nick Bosa
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The 2019 NFL Draft is loaded with Pro Bowl-caliber pass rushers, with Bosa being labeled as the best one. The Jets dream of landing Bosa became more of a reality recently, as the Kansas City Chiefs shipped Pro Bowl edge rusher Dee Ford to the San Francisco 49ers for a 2020 second round pick. The 49ers are slated to pick second in the 2019 NFL Draft and pass rusher was a need now filled by Ford.
Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray has been linked to the Arizona Cardinals with the first pick and with the 49ers getting Ford, that potentially moves Bosa down another spot. That spot is right into the Jets arms at number three.
Bart Scott, former Jets linebacker and SNY analyst, stated that the Jets “won the lottery and they don’t even know it yet” with Bosa. Here is what Scott had to say recently on SNY.
In the whirlwind of C.J. Mosley, Anthony Barr, and Le'Veon Bell, one narrative has managed to fly under the radar:
Could certain moves guarantee that Nick Bosa will be on the board for the Jets at 3? pic.twitter.com/9lLQKISq8F
— SNY (@SNYtv) March 14, 2019
If Nick Bosa is somehow available at three, is he worth the Jets pick?
You bet your “you know what” he is.
Before Bosa suffered a season-ending core injury, he was terrorizing offenses. Bosa recorded 14 tackles, six stops for loss, and four sacks in just three games. Bosa totaled 77 tackles, 29 tackles for loss and 17.5 sacks during his entire career at Ohio State.
In 2017, he won the Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year award (34 tackles, 15 for loss, eight sacks). He only started four out of 14 games played. Bosa also has the NFL pedigree too as his father John and brother Joey have had successful NFL careers.
Everything lined up perfectly last year as quarterback Sam Darnold fell to the Jets as three. Gang Green is hoping history will repeat itself in 2019 with Bosa falling to them. If he does, the Jets may finally find what they have been looking for, an elite pass rusher.