6 players the NY Jets can trade before or during the 2023 NFL Draft
By Justin Fried
5. Ashtyn Davis, S, NY Jets
The Jets shook up their safety room last month with the addition of Chuck Clark via trade. With Lamarcus Joyner on the way out, Clark joins Jordan Whitehead as the projected starters at the time of writing.
It's certainly possible that the Jets make another move at the safety position. After all, Clark and Whitehead occupy similar roles as traditional strong safeties. The draft presents one opportunity for that, although it's considered to be a weak safety class.
Either way, one player who may have played his final game with the Jets is former third-round pick Ashtyn Davis. Davis has never been able to carve out a regular role on defense in his three years with the Jets.
The uber-athletic former Cal standout played just 13 defensive snaps last season and was limited almost exclusively to special teams work. It's hard to see that changing in 2023.
The Jets are high on the upside of former undrafted free agent Tony Adams and re-signed veteran locker-room leader Will Parks this offseason. There might not be a spot for Davis on the active roster.
Throw in the fact that Davis has a cap hit of over $3 million and could be released/traded with under $300,000 in dead cap and it actually makes financial sense for the Jets to consider moving him.
Davis has had three years to make an impression. He's the current fifth safety on the depth chart and is, to put it bluntly, a financial burden for the Jets. Trading him for pretty much anything would be wise.