Realistic Trade Back Options for the Jets by Raul Vazquez

The Jets are in a tricky spot in this year’s draft. To grab their franchise QB last year in Sam Darnold they traded up three spots and gave up three second round picks, two of which are in this year’s draft. Such picks would have been vital to building around Darnold and filling in holes on the defense. Mike Maccagnan has not kept it a secret that he would like to trade back, and with good reason. The Jets are without a second rounder, and only have six total picks with glaring holes still left at edge rusher, interior offensive line, and corner.

This year’s draft class is is also really deep at TE and WR. If the Jets manage to trade back they would be smart to look into taking a guy like N’Keal Harry, Kelvin Harmon, or Deebo Samuel if they make it to the second round. Taking a TE to pair with Chris Herndon would be wise too with guys like Josh Oliver, Dawson Knox, or Foster Moreau making it to later rounds.

Guys the Jets would most likely target in the 10-20 range if they do trade down would include Brian Burns, Garrett Bradbury, Jonah Williams, Ed Oliver, Noah Fant, Greedy Williams or even Hakeem Butler. Usually the reason teams trade up is to grab their guy at QB, what teams are in need of QB and would potentially move up to 3 ?


The Redskins had a surprising start to the season last year starting off 6-3 and were in the mix for the NFC East title. They would then be destroyed by injuries. A career threatening injury to Alex Smith followed by a broken leg to backup Colt McCoy left the Redskins with Mark Sanchez and Josh Johnson at QB1. The Skins made a move in the offseason to trade for Case Keenum but he is no way the long term answer. The offer to trade up to 3 starts with their no.15 pick, second round pick and next year’s first. The Redskins have the ammo as they also have two third rounders but seem to be big in the hunt for Josh Rosen.


John Elway has had a terrible history of drafting quarterbacks and finding the long term answer at signal caller. The only time he brought in a solid option was signing Peyton Manning at the tail end of his career. Aside from that he has brought in guys like Case Keenum this past year, while Paxton Lynch, and had Brock Osweiler and Trevor Siemian have taken meaningful snaps. Much like the Redskins, Denver made a move for a middling veteran in Joe Flacco but he is clearly a stop gap option. There have been reports that Elway loves Drew Lock, but with the Broncos sitting at 10 they may need to trade up to ensure they land one of the top three guys in Murray, Haskins or Lock. The Broncos do not seem like a realistic option either though with the real possibility of Lock being there at 10, while top defensive prospects like Devin White or Ed Oliver may provide more intrigue at 10.

New York Giants:

This is an interesting option, but it makes all the sense in the world. The talk surrounding the Giants is all about who will be the successor to Eli. They had the prime opportunity to take a quarterback last year sitting at number 2, but opted to take Saquon which has worked out for them, but you have to draft a QB eventually. Trading up to three would ensure they land their guy. San Francisco will not be taking a QB with Garoppolo under center. They would be able to pick their guy, whether it is Drew Lock or Dwayne Haskins. Moving from 6 up to 3 would not warrant much draft capital either with Maccagnan making his desire to trade back known. The problem is, it is hard to imagine a scenario where cross town rivals would do business with one another. Also, the Giants need all the picks they have to build a terrible defense which gave up Damon Harrison, JPP, and Landon Collins.


The Bengals are an intriguing team at QB. They have had their franchise guy in Andy Dalton in place since being drafted in 2011. The Bengals had early success with him under center getting to the postseason his four seasons. Saying all that, this far into his career you know what you are gonna get from Andy Dalton and that is an average quarterback who has never been great. Dalton also missed five games due to the injury this past year, and at 31 is getting up there in age. The team also brought in a new head coach in Zac Taylor who may be looking to draft his own guy just as the Cardinals just might do. The Bengals do not seem likely to make the jump and seem to be sticking with Dalton for at least a few more years. He has had a winning record, still has good football left in him and getting talent on the offensive line and defensive side of the ball is more urgent for the Bengals.


Miami is another team that makes a ton of sense to look to trade up to grab a guy to be their franchise QB. Their current QB room is led by journeyman Ryan Fitzpatrick, who is joined by two projects in Jake Rudock and Luke Falk. However, all the moves the Dolphins have made seems to be in the direction of a total rebuild for 2019. They traded away Robert Quinn, released longtime breakout year candidate Tannehill, and did not retain either Cameron Wake, Danny Amendola or Ja’Wuan James. It would make sense for the Dolphins to stay at 13 to keep their draft picks, while joining the sweepstakes for Tua, Justin Herbert, or even Jake Fromm.