NFL Media insider Ian Rapoport reports today that the Jets are serious about moving up to get their man at receiver.
Rapoport updated his earlier report (TJB, May 6) on the Jets interest, by sharing just how far the Jets might be willing to go.
Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.comMark me down as skeptical. This sure seems like some draft-week smokescreeing. If the Jets are going to trade up into the top ten, I have to question whether it would really be for Odell Beckham Jr. ODB is a fine talent, but is there enough to differentiate ODB from Brandin Cooks or Marqise Lee who the team might be able to nab by sitting still with the 18th pick? They would have to be gaga for Beckham to do something so drastic with plenty of talented receivers likely available well into the third round.
No, if the Jets are going to move up that far, it would be for either Clemson WR Sammy Watkins or Texas A&M WR Mike Evans — the two “total package” receivers (size, speed, physicality, hands) in this draft class. And even moving up into the top ten offers no guarantees to getting either player … I would not be surprised to see them both be gone by the fifth pick. Many other teams are sniffing around trading into the top ten, so even trading into the back half of the top ten for the Jets might prove a fool’s errand if the goal is truly to draft Evans or Watkins.