NY Jets insider believes team will trade up for Marvin Harrison Jr.

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Marvin Harrison Jr.
Marvin Harrison Jr. / Barbara J. Perenic/Columbus Dispatch /

The 2024 NFL Draft is just days away, and the NY Jets remain one of the most interesting and unpredictable teams in this year's draft. They've had numerous different players mocked to them over the last few months, and even as we sit three days out from the start of the draft, there is still no clear consensus.

What is clear, however, is that the Jets will likely explore their trade options in the draft — both when it comes to trading up or down. Most have expected the Jets to consider a trade-down, but a trade-up is very much still on the table.

That's the scenario proposed by SNY's Connor Hughes who predicted that the Jets would trade all the way up to the No. 5 pick in the draft to select Marvin Harrison Jr. in his final mock draft of the year.

Hughes has the Jets swapping first-round picks with the Los Angeles Chargers to draft Harrison as the first non-QB off the board. Needless to say, this would be a blockbuster draft-day trade for Gang Green.

Could the NY Jets actually pull off a trade for Marvin Harrison Jr.?

Harrison is widely seen as not only the top wide receiver in a loaded draft class but genuinely one of the best wide receiver prospects to enter the NFL in years. He has everything you want in a receiver prospect.

That's why it wouldn't come cheap for the Jets to move up and grab him, especially considering that there would likely be plenty of competition if the Chargers entertain trade-down offers.

Jimmy Johnson's draft trade chart equates the value of a move from the No. 10 pick to the No. 5 pick as roughly a high second-round pick, but seeing as the Jets don't have a selection in the second round this year, they'd likely have to part ways with future draft capital.

It might take a future first-round pick to move up this far in the draft, especially given the competition. That might just be worth it to land a seemingly surefire future star wide receiver.

Harrison was named a Unanimous All-American in each of the last two seasons and was the recipient of the Biletnikoff Award in 2023, given to the nation's top wide receiver. He has the production, accolades, traits, and NFL bloodline to make him about as much of a sure thing as you'll find in this draft class.

The Jets signed Mike Williams to upgrade their receiving corps this offseason, but he's coming off a torn ACL and isn't necessarily a long-term option. Harrison would give the Jets not only one of the best young wide receiver duos in the NFL but likely the best wide receiver trio in the league.

There's enough smoke around the Jets trading up for Harrison to believe it's a legitimate possibility. If he falls to the fifth pick, expect the Jets — and other teams — to be making some calls.