Dozens of NFL prospects hope to hear their name called by the commissioner on Thursday night, when the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft kicks off at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Only 32 players will be so lucky.
The New York Jets currently hold two of those 32 selections in the first round (and three of the first 39 overall) after acquiring the 13th overall pick from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the Darrelle Revis trade this week.
However, if Jets general manager John Idzik gets his way, the Jets’ wheeling and dealing is far from over.
Already rumored to be heavily pursuing a trade for running back Chris Ivory, Idzik and the Jets have a ton of flexibility to move up and down the draft board as they see fit, provided they can find a trade partner, of course.
While every team would ideally love to trade back and accumulate as many proverbial darts for the dart board that is the unpredictable draft process, the Jets are one of the teams that has the ammo to actually make it happen.
If a player like Lane Johnson doesn’t go in the top eight, for example, the Jets could leverage that opportunity and trade with a team desperate for an offensive tackle. Same goes for cornerback Dee Milliner, among others.
Of course, the draft is always full of unexpected surprises. The Jets were said to be considering trading down last year, but they never expected Quinton Coples to last all the way until their selection at number 16 overall.
If the guy they want (whoever that may be) is there for the taking, by all means, they’ll snap him up.
However, if there was ever a year for the Jets to trade back and stockpile multiple picks, this looks like the year to do it. With two first-rounders in the top half of the draft, Idzik has the leverage to potentially make it happen.