If you’re a diehard fan of the NY Jets, the 2021 NFL Draft may be the most exciting event since the 2010 AFC Championship Game.
Okay, maybe that’s a stretch, but the anticipation surrounding this year’s draft is huge. Not only will fans be allowed to attend the event, but more importantly, Roger Goodell is permitted to hug every draft pick.
The draft itself is incredibly exciting, but Goodell’s nerdiness in trying to be cool with these prospects is must-watch TV. But instead of spending the next few hours making fun of Goodell, let’s talk about the Jets and what their strategy may be ahead of the 2021 NFL Draft.
In his first draft as general manager, Joe Douglas did a great job selecting Mekhi Becton, who looks to be a perennial Pro Bowler in the near future,11th overall. Douglas followed up that pick with Denzel Mims who should be a great target for the Jets’ new quarterback.
In addition to Mims, the team drafted Bryce Hall in the fifth round, a player who should be a starting cornerback in the NFL, along with a few other prospects who we’re unsure about at the moment.
It usually takes a few seasons to determine a successful draft, but as of right now, it feels like Douglas did well with his 2020 draft class.
Heading into the 2021 NFL Draft, New York has the following picks: No. 2, No. 23, No. 34, No. 66, No. 86, No. 107, No. 146, No. 154, No. 186, and No. 226.
Four of those draft picks were acquired via trade, so the Jets have a ton of draft capital this year. With so many assets, the team has the luxury of moving up in the draft to acquire a player they like, instead of sitting back and hoping their favorite prospect falls to them.
There’s no way that the Jets will move the No. 2 pick, but every other draft pick should be available if Douglas thinks he can improve the roster. As such, here are three hypothetical trades we may see the Jets make on draft night.
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