Let's be honest: Next year's Super Bowl will be in MetLife, but there is very little chance the New York Jets will be playing in their home stadium in February.
New York is headed for a long and tedious rebuild after liquidating their veteran talent and trading away its best player: star cornerback Darrelle Revis. Add in quarterback questions, a bad offense and a head coach in the hot seat and you have the makings of team that’s probably a year or two away from even making it back to the playoffs.
That is why the latest report on the Jets from Sal Paolantonio sounds promising for New York. The Jets, who already have the No. 9 and No. 13 picks, are reportedly fielding calls and looking to trade down in the draft to acquire more picks.
New York can get an impact player with either first-round selection. But the team has so many holes that it’s hard to fill in one draft. The Jets need upgrades at quarterback, tight end, guard, safety, outside linebacker and wide receiver just to name a few.
The Jets could turn one of these first-round picks into three by moving down. If the Jets, for example, can turn the Revis pick at No. 13 into three contributing rookies that would be ideal for their rebuild.
Perhaps the biggest issue facing New York is which players will be available in the top 13 that teams would want to trade up for. It could be West Virginia receiver Tavon Austin, who is arguably the hottest player in the draft. It could also be a quarterback, such as West Virginia’s Geno Smith or Ryan Nassib of Syracuse.
The Jets may lack a lot of talent on their roster, but they will be one of the biggest power players in Thursday’s first round. New York general manager John Idzik is keeping all of his options open.