<
>

Jets could trade out of first round

Could Trader Mike become Trader-Down Mike? It's possible.

The Jets, picking 30th in the first round of Thursday night's NFL Draft, have let it be known in league circles that they're willing to move down, an executive from another team said Wednesday night.

"I think they're hoping for a quarterback-desperate team from the top of the second to call them," said the executive, speaking on the condition of anonymity.

Makes some sense.

If GM Mike Tannenbaum's primary targets are gone when they're on the clock (we're thinking NT Phil Taylor and OLB Akeem Ayers), they could look to bail out and recoup a middle-round pick or two. That would help offset the loss of their second-round pick, which went to the Chargers last year in the Antonio Cromartie trade.

The top of round 2 is filled with teams looking for a quarterback --the Bills (34), Bengals (35), Cardinals (38), Titans (39) and Redskins (41). The Jets have made deals in the past with the Cards and Redskins, so ...

The Jets wouldn't finalize a deal until they're on the clock, when they see what their draft board looks like.