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NY Jets: 3 players to trade up for in the 2021 NFL Draft

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NY Jets Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
NY Jets Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

3. The NY Jets could trade up for Jaycee Horn or Patrick Surtain

This is probably more a pipedream than an actual reality, but it’s a scenario worth considering. The 2021 NFL Draft class is loaded with offensive talent including five quarterbacks that could be selected within the top-10 picks.

Throw in the likes of Kyle Pitts, Penei Sewell, Ja’Marr Chase, Devonta Smith, and Jaylen Waddle and you have a draft class that’s stacked with offensive talent at the top of the board.

As such, we could see some of the premier defensive players in this class fall further than they probably should. Perhaps that’s the case with one of the top two cornerbacks in this class.

Both Alabama’s Patrick Surtain II and South Carolina’s Jaycee Horn seem to be neck-and-neck in the battle to see who will be the first cornerback drafted. There’s a chance one (or even both) are selected within the top-10.

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But what if one of them slips? It’s certainly a possibility.

Unlikely events happen each and every draft and there are always players who fall further than expected. If Surtain or Horn experience a bit of a draft-day slide, the Jets might want to get aggressive and trade up to secure their guy.

Say, for example, Surtain or Horn is still on the board at 14 or 15. Do the Jets consider moving up from 23 to select a top-tier cornerback prospect? It would definitely be something they’d consider.

A run on offensive players early is very possible meaning that the Jets could serve to benefit from one of these two prospects falling. If it happens, keep an eye on the Jets as a candidate to move up.

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