3. NY Jets move up to secure another first-round pick
- NY Jets acquire: No. 28 overall
- New Orleans Saints acquire: No. 34 overall and No. 66 overall
The Saints are an established franchise, so they may be inclined to move back a few spots for an extra draft pick. Since the Jets have so much draft capital, the difference between staying at No. 34 or moving up to No. 28 could be a monumental difference to their franchise.
If the team stays at No. 2 and No. 23 prior to this draft pick, they’ll most likely have had already drafted a quarterback and an offensive or defensive linemen. Regardless of who they previously selected, the Jets need to continue to bolster their offensive line with the No. 28 pick.
It’s tough to predict the future, but since we’re living in a hypothetical world already, New York should select Alex Leatherwood.
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Why the NY Jets should trade down instead of taking Zach Wilson
With the No. 34 selection that the team currently has, it doesn’t feel like Leatherwood would last that long. As such, the team should trade up and acquire him with the Saints’ No. 28 pick.
Leatherwood is the perfect fit for New York because of his ability to play both guard and tackle. If the Jets select an offensive lineman with the No. 23 pick, they could have one of the better young lines in football if they picked Leatherwood at No. 28.
The 6-foot-5, 312-pound tackle/guard from Alabama is a beast and his ability to play both positions makes him such an intriguing prospect for the Jets since they already have Mekhi Becton at left tackle.
Who knows what’s going to happen with the 2021 NFL Draft, but hopefully the Jets make a splash and get the prospects they want. We all know that the team is going to select Zach Wilson second overall, but after that, things are going to get very interesting.