The NY Jets have a large number of different routes to explore as the 2022 NFL Draft draws nearer. With two picks in the top-10 and four in the top-40, the Jets have no shortage of draft capital.
And that draft capital provides the team with ultimate flexibility as we head into draft season. If the Jets wanted to trade up at any point, they could. The same goes for if they were looking to trade down or even swap a pick for another asset.
One recent report seems to suggest that one of the latter two options could be a realistic possibility. SNY's Ralph Vacchiano reported on Tuesday that the Jets might "prefer to trade" the No. 10 overall pick if they can.
The Jets currently possess the No. 4 and No. 10 overall picks in this year's draft, and Vacchiano insists that there have been "rumblings" that the team is looking to move their latter first-round pick.
Now, Vacchiano doesn't specify whether the plan would be to trade down from 10 or to send that pick to another team in exchange for a player, perhaps a No. 1 wide receiver. But it's clear the Jets seem to be exploring their options.
The NY Jets could recoup more assets if they trade the No. 10 overall pick
So much of what the Jets will ultimately do in the 2022 NFL Draft depends on external factors such as how free agency goes and how the draft board unfolds.
General manager Joe Douglas has hinted at a more aggressive approach this offseason and the consensus seems to be that most expect the Jets to assertive both in free agency and with other potential transactions.
Douglas has taken a more passive roster-building approach in his first two offseasons with the organization. The result has been a young roster full of promise, but that promise has yet to yield results on the field.
Entering his third full offseason as GM, Douglas might feel the need to be a bit more audacious in his approach. That could involve trading draft capital for a player, something the young GM has been hesitant to do.
Or Douglas might not see the value at 10 and could capitalize on a team desperate to trade up, potentially for a quarterback. Both scenarios remain on the table.
The Jets are exploring their options as the weeks and months go by. Anything less, given the flexibility they have, would be malpractice.