Why the NY Jets should trade up to land an offensive star in 2024 NFL Draft

NY Jets must trade up during 2024 NFL Draft

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The NY Jets boast multiple outstanding young players, but their Super Bowl window likely spans only 1-2 years, meaning they should trade up in the 2024 NFL Draft to bolster the roster.

Remember the summer prior to the 2023 season when every so-called expert said their “sleeper team” was going to be the Jets? Well, I think the same statements are about to be said after what has occurred over the past couple of weeks.

Kudos to our savior Joe Douglas, thus far. After a less-than-thrilling first day of free agency, he’s officially "won the offseason," thanks to the Thomas Morstead, I mean Mike Williams signing. In one week, he addressed the team’s two biggest needs and a playoff berth truly looks possible.

As previously mentioned, the optimistic Jets fans had the same thoughts last year, but when you look back, maybe they shouldn’t have. The offensive line was a big question mark going into the season, yet we all thought Aaron Rodgers would stay healthy and be great.

Why trading up in the draft makes sense for the NY Jets

However, as we look forward to this season, and there are still moves to be made, the offensive line looks strong. They finally look like an above-average unit, if not great, with veterans and Pro Bowlers

It brings me back to the good old days when Nick Mangold and D’Brickashaw Ferguson made Mark Sanchez an AFC Championship-level quarterback and rejuvenated LaDainian Tomlinson.

So, as we evaluate this roster, the Jets need to understand that their window is short. We’ve been waiting 13 years for a good roster, and now that they seemingly have it, they need to strike while the iron is hot.

As such, the 2024 NFL Draft is a great place to start. Currently holding the No. 10 overall pick, the Jets will have plenty of options to choose from, but they shouldn’t wait. Instead, they need to trade up and get further inside the top 10.

Whether it’s No. 5 to the Los Angeles Chargers, No. 6 to the New York Giants, or even No. 9 to the Chicago Bears, the Jets need to do whatever they can to grab Marvin Harrison Jr., Malik Nabers, or Rome Odunze.

The consensus pick is Harrison right now, but Nabers has the potential to be the better player. Drawing similarities to Justin Jefferson and Tyreek Hill, his playmaking ability in the slot would make him unstoppable beside Garrett Wilson and Mike Williams.

It's obviously going to take some draft capital to trade up, but the Jets can’t be patient this year. Although the team looks good, they must sacrifice some future draft capital and their No. 10 overall pick to make this team great.