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NY Jets perfectly execute trade down in this 2020 NFL Mock Draft

Feb 21, 2020, 10:06 AM EST
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The NY Jets need to accumulate more picks in the 2020 NFL Draft. Here’s how they did that in a recent 2020 NFL Mock Draft and landed some top talent.

In a perfect world, the NY Jets would love to trade back in the 2020 NFL Draft.

The team currently holds eight selections in the upcoming draft:

  • 2020 first-round pick
  • 2020 second-round pick
  • A pair of 2020 third-round picks
  • 2020 fourth-round pick
  • 2020 fifth-round pick
  • A pair of 2020 sixth-round picks

This team clearly isn’t a single piece away from competing for championships. With so many possible needs, the more draft picks the NY Jets can acquire the better.

In a recent three-round mock draft by NFL.com’s Chad Reuter, the team was able to successfully trade back in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft. Here’s how that simulation played out.

In Chad’s 2020 NFL Mock Draft, the Denver Broncos are feeling froggy and decide to move up to grab the first receiver off the board. Not only do they get the choice at wide receiver but they block the Las Vegas Raiders (who hold the 12th pick) from getting their pick of the litter.

“It’s unclear whether GM John Elway will prefer Lamb or Jerry Jeudy with his top pick, but either way, I could see him jumping ahead of his division rival to land his explosive wideout of choice for Drew Lock.”

In return, the NY Jets receive the 15th overall pick, a third 3rd round draft choice, and a fourth-round pick. Which is a very nice haul for Joe Douglas and company.

The more you think about this 2020 NFL Mock Draft scenario, the more and more likely it seems. While the 2020 NFL Draft is rich at the wide receiver position, there’s a clear gap between 1A/1B (Jerry Jeudy and CeeDee Lamb) compared to the rest of the wide receivers in this draft class.

Teams are going to be interested in moving up to get one of these top talents and the NY Jets could be the beneficiary. So what did the NY Jets do with all the assets they acquired?

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First-round

. OT. Jedrick Wills Jr. 15. 30

  • 6-foot-5, 320 pounds.
  • Alabama.

“Wills lived up to the recruiting hype in 2019, showing nice athleticism in pass pro and destroying his man in the run game. The Jets pick up third- and fourth-round picks from the Broncos in this trade scenario.”

Jedrick Wills Jr played right tackle at Alabama which protected the blindside of the left-handed Tua Tagovailoa. Many experts say he can flip over to the left side without any issues. Wills would plug an immediate gaping hole in the team’s trenches.

Second round

48. 30. . WR. Jalen Reagor

  • 5-foot-11, 195 pounds.
  • TCU.

Jalen Reagor won’t wow you with his measurables, but he certainly will with playmaking abilities. Reagor is a deep threat receiver who can make things happen once the ball gets in his hands. He would be a seamless fit in this offense and would immediately provide Sam Darnold with a No. 1 target.

Third round

68. 30. . CB. Jeff Gladney

  • 6-foot, 183 pounds.
  • TCU.

Gladney could be selected in the backend of the first round or he could be available here, we’ll have to see as draft day gets closer. Gladney would be the second consecutive TCU product to join the team following Reagor’s selection in the second round. Gladney has a super high ceiling and would be plug and play at corner for Gang Green in 2020.

. C. Tyler Biadasz. 79. 30

  • 6-foot-3, 321 pounds.
  • Wisconsin.

After plugging Wills Jr at left tackle, the Jets can feel confident about plugging Tyler Biadasz in at center. Boom instantly the NY Jets have plugged 40% of their holes on the offensive line. That just leaves the guard spots and right tackle to fill which the team can do later in the 2020 NFL Draft or during the free agency period.

. EDGE. Josh Uche. 83. 30

  • 6-foot-1, 241 pounds.
  • Michigan.

Josh Uche was one of the biggest winners from the Senior Bowl back in January. Doesn’t have a ton of experience but he has that bend you look for to get around the edge. Josh has the ability to be a double-digit sack artist at the next level for a very long time.

Draft grade: A+++++++

Can we give higher than an A+? This would be an absolute dream scenario for the NY Jets on draft day. By trading back the team acquired an additional premium third-round pick and a fourth-round pick (this 2020 NFL Mock Draft was only for the first three rounds).

On top of acquiring assets via trade, the team still landed one of the top four offensive tackles which is exactly what this team needs.

In addition during the second round Gang Green feasts on a wide receiver. Jalen Reagor went in this 2020 NFL Mock Draft, but there are a variety of options to satisfy the team’s need at the position. This is the perfect year to fill that void on the roster.

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While in the third round, the team (thanks to the trade with the Denver Broncos) have three third-round picks and filled every need imaginable. Getting one of the top centers on the board who is plug and play, one of the most underrated edge rushers from the Senior Bowl, and got a corner that has first-round traits.

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