NY Jets news: Jets might trade up, Day 2 WR visits, playoff drought

  • Jets could trade up in the draft
  • Day 2 wide receivers visiting Jets
  • Sabres join in the Jets' misery
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The NY Jets have their fair share of options entering the 2024 NFL Draft. The team has been widely rumored to explore a trade down in the first round of the draft, but could the opposite be possible?

ESPN's Rich Cimini made a recent appearance on the Badlands TOJ Podcast with Will Parkinson, and he revealed that the Jets are considering a trade-up in the first round, possibly to land one of the draft's top three wide receivers.

Cimini specifically identified the Atlanta Falcons, who pick No. 8 overall, as a possible trade partner if the Jets are looking to move up. The Falcons are expected to select a defensive player, and their top target would likely still be available at No. 10.

This would allow the Jets to move in front of the Chicago Bears to ensure they land the player they want if they're still available. Keep an eye on Washington's Rome Odunze as a possible target if he's still available at this spot.

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Jets meeting with Day 2 wide receiver prospects

Whether the Jets draft a wide receiver in the first round or now, it feels almost certain that the team will add one at some point. They're certainly doing their homework on some of the top Day 2 wide receiver prospects in this year's class.

The Jets reportedly met with Western Kentucky's Malachi Corley last week and have another top-30 visit scheduled with North Carolina's Devontez Walker next week. The team has also reportedly met with USC's Brenden Rice, the son of NFL legend Jerry Rice.

The Jets currently possess only one pick on Day 2, that coming in the third round at No. 72 overall, but it's possible the team moves down in the first round and acquires another pick on the second day.

That would allow the Jets to target one of these players, giving the team extra wide receiver depth to pair with Garrett Wilson, Mike Williams, and Allen Lazard.

Sabres join Jets in lowly playoff drought

The Jets are no longer alone in the basement of the least successful major four American sports teams of the last decade-plus as the NHL's Buffalo Sabres were officially eliminated from playoff contention this past week.

This marks the 13th consecutive season the Sabres have missed the postseason, tying them with the Jets for the longest active drought in professional American sports.

The last time the Jets made the playoffs was the 2010 season when they reached the AFC Championship Game for the second straight year. Despite a 10-win season and some optimism, the Jets haven't been back since.

Here's to hoping both of these New York/New Jersey franchises can find a way to end the drought next year. The Jets clearly have high hopes.