2. NY Jets trade up to protect Zach Wilson
- NY Jets acquire: No. 17 overall
- Las Vegas Raiders acquire: No. 23 overall and No. 66 overall
The Jets currently hold the No. 23 and No. 34 overall picks and with those selections, the team needs to draft at least one offensive lineman.
However, instead of waiting to see what player will fall into their laps, Douglas and company would be much smarter to trade up to acquire a prospect they love.
The offensive line, besides quarterback, is the most important position group in football. Since the Jets already would have selected Zach Wilson at No. 2 overall, the team needs to get a top prospect to protect him.
As of right now, it’s tough to project which offensive linemen will be available at the No. 17 position. However, it’s pretty clear that both Penei Sewell or Rashawn Slater won’t be available.
As such, the following prospects could still be available: Christian Darrisaw, Alijah Vera-Tucker, and Teven Jenkins.
If the Jets select any of those players, the fanbase should be excited, and so should Zach Wilson. All three linemen should excel at the NFL level, and it’s very possible that none of them would have lasted all the way until the No. 23 pick.
Personally, Vera-Tucker would be the most ideal pick for the Jets, but at the same time, any three of these prospects would be a win for New York.
Next: 3. Jets move up to No. 28