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Analyzing 6 scenarios the NY Jets could explore with the No. 4 pick

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Do the NY Jets trade down from the 4th spot?

Because the Jets have added ammunition at the top of the second round with picks No. 35 and No. 38, there's always the chance that they could utilize those assets to move anywhere they want in the 2022 draft or even next year's.

But there's also a real possibility that the Jets could add more draft picks to their arsenal by moving down from the fourth spot in the draft. There are a lot of variables in play when the Jets are on the clock at four.

Although it seemed unlikely a few weeks back, there could be at least two teams, maybe three, looking to draft a quarterback in the top-10 of the draft.

Barring a curveball at two with Detroit, teams like Carolina at six, Atlanta at eight, and Seattle at nine could be in the market for a franchise quarterback when the draft rolls around.

Liberty's Malik Willis and Pittsburgh's Kenny Pickett appear to be the two likely targets for NFL teams in the draft's first round, and interest in those two players could play into the Jets' favor. The picture will become clearer when the veteran QB carousel ends, provided that Baker Mayfield and Jimmy Garoppolo find new homes. 

No matter what happens at the quarterback spots around the league. The Jets could entertain moving down in the draft even though some have labeled this as a weaker draft class than in years past. There are still some top-flight prospects at the top of the draft who will garner interest.

Players like Kyle Hamilton and Ahmad Gardner are two prospects that will be highly coveted. There could be as many as four offensive linemen selected in the top-10 picks.

On top of that, the edge rusher position is considered one of this draft's biggest strengths, particularly in the first round. Teams will want to come up for players like Travon Walker and Jermaine Johnson.

If they play their cards right, the Jets could slide down a bit from four and pick up more draft capital in 2022, or perhaps in 2023 as well. It's certainly an option. Moving down in the draft could open the door for new targets to emerge for the Jets that haven't previously been considered. 


Final thoughts on the NY Jets draft options

A month from now, Joe Douglas, his staff, and the franchise have a grand opportunity in the 2022 NFL Draft. With two top-10 picks, the Jets are in a prime position to land cornerstone players for the next decade.

The turnaround for New York doesn't happen unless they finally break the trend of missing up top in the draft. It may seem like hyperbole, but this is the most critical Jets draft in years.

The position that New York is in is scarce. The likelihood of the Jets having two first-round picks in the top ten is slim. This year's first-round for the Jets will decide whether the franchise will finally start to see the light or continue to remain in darkness.

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Joe Douglas and his staff have to get this right. The team's future and their own future depend on it. 

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