http://In order to regain possession of the first pick, Gang Green would have to lose their final two games vs the Browns and Patriots. For many Jet fans, including myself, the 2020 season has been unwatchable. From poor offensive play to pathetic coaching, the New York Jets are 1-13. However, there is a light at the end of the tunnel.
This past weekend, the Jets’ chances at the first overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft took a massive hit. With the Jets earning their first win of 2020 on Sunday, they no longer have possession of the first pick. Though both the Jets and Jaguars are 1-13, Jacksonville would pick first due to strength of schedule. The Jaguars have lost 13 consecutive games after starting 1-0.
In order to regain possession of the first pick, Gang Green would have to lose their final two games vs the Browns and Patriots. Additionally, the Jaguars would have to win one of their last two games against either the Colts or Bears, two teams fighting for playoff spots.
If the team is able to get the first pick back, there are several options they can choose from. Whether they chose to retain Sam Darnold, or draft a generational talent in quarterback Trevor Lawrence from Clemson, there are a plethora of options to chose from. Trading the pick for a haul to a quarterback-needy team may make sense too.
In the next few paragraphs, I will discuss which teams may want to be involved in a trade.
Jets Trade #1 Pick to Carolina Panthers
The first trade partner for the Jets is the Carolina Panthers. The Panthers are a young team, with an explosive offense and young defense, that will be very good sooner than later. However, what they are lacking is a franchise quarterback. While Teddy Bridgewater, the current quarterback, is not bad, he is a backup caliber player and won’t bring them over the top.
Head coach Matt Rhule would love to have a say in their next quarterback. Even though they can take a quarterback at fourth overall, Trevor Lawrence is worth attempting to trading up for.
In this trade, Gang Green would receive several early-round draft picks over the next two years. The potential trade and proposal are:
Jets Receive: Panthers 2021 1st, Panthers 2022 1st, Panthers 2021 2nd, Panthers 2022 2nd
Panthers Receive: 1st Overall Pick
Jets Trade #1 Pick to Washington Football Team
Another possible trade partner is the Washington Football Team. Heading into the season, many people thought this tea would be near the bottom of the league and competing for the first pick. However, with an explosive defensive front and solid run game, they are 6-8 and lead the weak NFC East.
One glaring issue they have is not having a franchise quarterback. While Alex Smith‘s story is inspiring and truly incredible, he isn’t his old-self and is up there in age. Dwayne Haskins, the teams’ first-round pick in 2019, has been nothing but a failure. From poor play to immaturity, Haskins may not be in the NFL much longer
Trading up would make a ton of sense for Ron Rivera‘s squad, who is a young and talented quarterback away from becoming a top 10 team.
Here is a realistic trade proposal:
Jets Receive: Washington’s 2021 1st, 2022 1st, 2021 2nd + WR Steven Sims
WFT Receive: 1st overall pick
With this trade, the Jets not only get multiple draft picks, but they add much-needed depth at receiver with Steven Sims, who has the talent and can play well.
Jets Trade #1 Pick to 49ers
After falling just short of a Lombardi Trophy a year ago, the San Francisco 49ers have been eliminated from playoff contention. The teams’ regression this season is mainly due to an injury-riddled roster and poor quarterback play. Jimmy Garoppolo has looked terrible when healthy this season and Nick Mullens is a below-average backup.
With a competent quarterback, Kyle Shanahan‘s offense would be lethal. Skill position players such as Brandon Aiyuk, Raheem Mostert, and George Kittle would benefit from a productive quarterback, who they would pick first.
Here is a realistic trade proposal for the Niners to land the first overall pick
Jets Receive: 49ers 2021 1st round pick, 2022 1st round pick, 2021 2nd round pick, WR Kendrick Bourne
49ers Receive: 1st Overall Pick