The NY Jets need to do everything in their power to trade back or trade up for Cesar Ruiz in the 2020 NFL Draft. Here are all the details.
The NY Jets are in a very interesting spot in the 2020 NFL Draft.
With the 11th overall pick, they possess an opportunity to plug a massive hole on the roster whether that is at wide receiver or on the offensive line.
With the NFL Combine, this weekend player’s draft stock are fluctuating based on their performances on the field, interviews behind the scenes, and of course the medicals.
One player that is surging after a great performance in Indianapolis is Michigan offensive lineman Cesar Ruiz.
The 6-foot-3, 307 pound Wolverine fully participated in the workouts (via NFL.com):
- 40-yard dash: 5.08.
- Bench press: 28 reps of 225 pounds.
- Vertical jump: 33″.
- Broad jump: 113″.
- 3-cone drill: 7.91.
- 20-yard shuttle: 4.64.
After an impressive run, there’s buzz that Cesar Ruiz has crept into the first-round conversation. Although the 11th overall pick would be far too rich to draft an interior offensive lineman.
This means if the NY Jets are interested in Cesar Ruiz they only have two options.
1. Trade back from No. 11.
Perhaps the Jets can convince a team in the teens or early 20s that if they want one of the top receivers on the board they’ll have to trade up to make it happen. This would provide Gang Green with some extra draft ammunition and would allow them to take a talented and versatile player in Ruiz at a more appropriate spot in the draft.
2. Fill a hole at No. 11 then trade back into the backend of the first round for Cesar Ruiz.
This is another possible option and actually makes a ton of sense. The Jets have some ammo (three “Day 2” picks: second-rounder and two 3rd rounders), they could in theory package those together to move up and grab Ruiz to pair him with whoever the Jets selected 11th overall.
.@UMichFootball C Cesar Ruiz runs a 5.08u 40-yard dash.
Ruiz is the No. 37 overall prospect (via @MoveTheSticks)
— NFL (@NFL) February 28, 2020
Cesar is originally from the New Jersey area and it would be a reunion to join the Jets. On top of the nostalgia, it would behoove the team to add a plug-and-play stud who can start day one at guard or center.
With all the injuries the Jets have suffered over the years, it would be beneficial to have a player that can move if needed at a moment’s notice. It’s time for Gang Green to make the offensive line priority and it starts with Cesar Ruiz.