5 draft prospects the NY Jets could trade back into Round 1 for

NY Jets, Jameson Williams
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NY Jets, Derek Stingley Jr.
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2. The NY Jets could look to target LSU stud Derek Stingley Jr.

Derek Stingley Jr. is a very interesting case, as some mock drafts have him falling outside the top-20 while others have him being taken 10-15. If the former comes true, the Jets would be silly to not at least try to trade up.

Stingley has all the talent and confidence of a No. 1 cornerback in the NFL, and while the Jets may not be willing to pay the price to get him, adding him along with a wide receiver and an edge rusher would give New York one of the brightest young defensive cores in the NFL.

Ultimately, it’s very likely that a team will look past the serious injury Stingley has suffered and will bet on his talent, but if the first round falls and Stingley falls with it, we could definitely see Gang Green in play for the LSU standout.

3. The NY Jets could target Iowa’s Tyler Linderbaum

Center isn’t an incredibly pressing need for the Jets as they’ve upgraded the rest of their line during Joe Douglas’ tenure. As such, trading up to draft their center of the future in between Laken Tomlinson and Alijah Vera-Tucker would go a long way to helping Zach Wilson fulfill his potential.

Many fans weren’t considering this an option, but with Conor McGovern’s versatility, this would help the Jets a great amount, and if Linderbaum were to take over as center, you’d have a very good, very deep offensive line.

Mel Kiper has mocked this to happen, with the Jets trading up with Cincinnati at No. 31, and while the Jets may not consider trading significant pieces for a position they have filled in 2022, a trade like this would be perfect for the future of this squad.