The NY Jets will have one more pick in the 2020 NFL Draft than they initially expected due to a discrepancy in the conditions of late-August trade.
The NY Jets will turn to the 2020 NFL Draft this offseason as the team continues to rebuild their roster with an influx of young talent. And due to an unforeseen discrepancy in trade conditions, the Jets will have an additional draft pick to work with.
The New York Post’s Brian Costello reported early on Thursday that the Jets have been awarded an additional sixth-round pick after the terms of the Nate Hairston trade made earlier in the season weren’t met.
Hairston was acquired in a trade with the Indianapolis Colts in late August in which the Jets sent a conditional sixth-round pick in return. It’s unclear at this time what the terms of the condition were, but evidently they were not met.
In 11 games with the Jets, Hairston made six starts and tallied his second career interception in the team’s 22-21 victory over the Miami Dolphins in Week 14. And for a chunk of the season, Hairston actually played considerably well.
But injuries and inconsistent play tanked his season and he found himself back on special teams by the end of the year.
Hairston is still under contract with the Jets in 2020 but he’ll have to earn his way on to the roster with a strong showing in the preseason.
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The additional sixth-round pick was originally acquired from the Kansas City Chiefs in the trade that sent linebacker Darron Lee packing to the eventual Super Bowl champions. And as a result, the Jets will now have two picks in that round.
In total, Gang Green will have eight picks in the 2020 NFL Draft including two in the third round and none in the seventh. The extra third was acquired in the Leonard Williams trade while the lost seventh was a direct result of the Alex Lewis swap with Baltimore.
An extra sixth-round pick isn’t anything groundbreaking, but the Jets have actually managed to find some luck with late-round flyers in that round.
Just this past year the Jets managed to snag cornerback Blessuan Austin with the 196th overall pick in the sixth round and the Rutgers product exceeded all expectations in his rookie year. Now, Austin could very well be a starter at the position going forward.
And back in 2014, the Jets selected a little-known wide receiver out of Nebraska as their third wideout pick of the draft. That player was Quincy Enunwa and while he’s struggled to remain healthy in his NFL career, it’s hard to argue that it wasn’t a steal of a draft pick.
You could find impact players in the sixth round and now the Jets will have one extra opportunity to do so.
The 2020 NFL Draft will be here before we know it and the Jets will have ample draft capital to set the organization up for future success.