Why the NY Jets should trade the No. 13 pick in the 2023 NFL Draft
By Stephen Nixon
Is it a crazy idea to suggest that the NY Jets should trade the No. 13 overall pick in this year's 2023 NFL Draft? Not necessarily.
As it currently stands, the Jets have three draft picks within the first 43 selections, making this a potential franchise-changing NFL Draft. It'll be hard to top last year's draft, as it produced both the Offensive Rookie of the Year and Defensive Rookie of the Year in Sauce Gardner and Garrett Wilson
Not only that, but if Breece Hall stayed healthy all season, he would have been a candidate for the Offensive Rookie of the Year award as well.
The Jets changed the landscape of their franchise with their selections in the 2022 NFL Draft and it's possible that will continue in the 2023 edition. However, it could change for a different reason — one involving Aaron Rodgers.
Sooner than later, Rodgers will officially be a member of the Jets, but until that happens, we'll have to continue to speculate what the trade package will be.
Some reports have indicated that the Green Bay Packers want a first-round pick and multiple second-round picks, while others suggest that including a first-round pick is too rich for the four-time NFL MVP.
The NY Jets should consider trading the No. 13 pick
Whether or not the trade package involves a first-round pick or multiple second-round picks, the Jets should consider trading the No. 13 overall selection to add more draft capital.
The majority of NFL mock drafts have the Jets selecting an offensive tackle with their first-round pick, which seems to be the most logical choice right now. The two most notable names that could fall to the Jets are Paris Johnson Jr. and Broderick Jones, who would both tremendously help a depleted New York line.
It would be a surprise if both Johnson and Jones were selected before the 13th overall pick, so it's safe to assume that the team will get their offensive line help regardless of who goes No. 1-12.
So, although the Jets are virtually guaranteed to get a good offensive line prospect, why would they trade the pick? Well, they may be able to have their cake and eat it too, depending on how the quarterback carousel shakes out.
Bryce Young, C.J. Stroud, and Anthony Richardson all seem likely to be gone by the time the Jets pick, but one name to watch out for is Will Levis. It's possible that when the Jets make their selection, he'll still be available, and one team that could be desperate for a quarterback is the Washington Commanders.
Sports Illustrated's Matt Verderame predicted a trade that would send the Jets' No. 13 pick to Washington for the No. 16, No. 95, and No. 150 overall selections, which could be very beneficial for both parties. With that trade, Washington could get their newest starting quarterback in Levis, while the Jets could still get Jones and two other draft picks.
You may think that a No. 95 and No. 150 may not be that valuable to the Jets, but you can still find great talent late in the draft. For example, Tariq Woolen (No. 153, 2022 NFL Draft) and Amon-Ra St. Brown (No. 112, 2021 NFL Draft) both made the Pro Bowl in 2022 and were later picks.
By holding the No. 13 overall selection, the Jets have an opportunity to get creative and trade down, adding as much draft capital as possible.
Since they're bound to lose draft picks in the Rodgers deal, this will be a good way to recover their draft assets, all while still getting the player they want in the 2023 NFL Draft.