The NY Jets have already had quite the eventful offseason, and it promises to get even more eventful next month when the team looks to continue building their roster in the 2022 NFL Draft.
With nine total picks including four inside the top-40 and two inside the top-10, the Jets have more draft capital than almost any team in recent NFL history. They should be able to land some impact players early on in the draft.
However, it seems as though they don't intend to use all nine picks.
Peter King of NBC Sports reported on Monday that the Jets are looking to trade out of the first round with one of their two picks. And in return, they're not seeking a trade down. They're looking to add a first-round pick in next year's draft.
The NY Jets are looking to add 2023 NFL Draft capital
It's no surprise that the Jets could be looking to trade down/out early in the 2022 NFL Draft, and this isn't even the first time we've heard those rumors. What is interesting, however, is that they're looking for 2023 draft capital.
While many consider the 2022 NFL Draft to be a relatively deep class, it is lacking the same oomph that other classes have in recent years. There's a distinct lack of blue-chip talent and many don't see much of a drop-off from pick 10 to say pick 40.
There are a few unicorns like Kyle Hamilton or Tyler Linderbaum, but they don't play premium positions. If there was a draft class to have multiple top-10 picks, this probably isn't the best one.
That isn't to say the Jets can't still land instant-impact playmakers and players who can serve as cornerstones for the foreseeable future. There is still plenty of talent in this class — but the best value move might just be to trade out.
The Jets still have their fair share of needs to address. Edge rusher, wide receiver, and defensive tackle seem like pretty important needs and positions the Jets will likely address early in some way, especially the first two.
But general manager Joe Douglas is all about maximizing value. If the value isn't there this year, he's going to try to move around.
Whether that's trading back a few slots or trading out entirely, the Jets are keeping all of their options on the table.