As we get ever closer to the 2022 NFL Draft, the true value of this class is beginning to take on its final shape. It’s something that happens around this time every year: fan bases and analysts applaud the amount of elite talent at every level, but it’s not until NFL offices and departments of scouts are beginning to leak their thoughts on the class as fanbases and analysts begin to know what the real makers think of the class.
While there are undoubtedly some very talented prospects in this class, the consensus is starting to become that this is much more of a middleweight group than a high end. For comparison, last year’s best was one of the most talented crops we’ve seen in years with the best tight prospect of the last decade in Kyle Pitts, three already great wide receivers at Jamarr Chase , Jaylen Waddle and Devonta Smith, two ultra-talented tackles in Rashawn Slater and Penei Sewell, a versatile rusher in Micah Parsons, two locked cornerbacks in Patrick Surtain II and Jaycee Horn and five quarterbacks. From my assessment, and I understand there may be some debate on this, 80-85% of the players mentioned above would be the #1 prospect in this draft class and the only ones who aren’t. are guys who play positions you wouldn’t consider with the #1 pick.
Everyone will have their own opinion on this, and rightly so, but this belief is starting to be supported by front offices and scouting departments; This year’s best of class just doesn’t have the pop of previous years. What it does have, and it’s something these previous classes lacked, is an insane amount of Day 2 and Day 3 talent.
There are a multitude of reasons why this may be the case, but what makes the most sense is the fact that college athletes who have received their extra year or two of eligibility as a result of COVID have pushed back a large chunk of year or so athlete decision drafts, which has led to the availability of many strong athletes in rounds 2-7. At the end of the day, the best value you will get with your picks repechage is the end of round 1 and until the middle of day 3.
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All things considered, the Jets are in a very favorable position. Their two second-round picks and their first third-round pick should allow them to impact the players who, combined with an elite prospect with the No. 4 pick, are shaping this team beautifully for 2022. This scenario does not include not even their 10th selection overall, which could really open up strong possibilities through trade scenarios.
Today we’ll be looking at three intriguing scenarios that could lead to Joe Douglas and Co. stepping back, recouping interim capital later in 2022 or early 2023, and still landing a very strong player in the backend of the Round. 1. Let’s get things started:
Three trade proposals for the New York Jets to trade with the No. 10 pick in the 2022 NFL Draft
Trade #1: Steelers get their quarterback
New York receives: Pick No. 20 and a 2023 first-round pick
Pittsburgh receives: Pick No. 10
The Steelers have become one of the most needy teams over the past two weeks and are equipped to make the leap forward in a trade with New York. A lot of points continue to be connected between Carolina and Kenny Pickett, which could see Liberty’s Malik Willis drop into the 8-15 range. I’m confident that after seeing Baltimore’s offensive success with Lamar Jackson, the Steelers are ready to turn their offense into a physical, running-focused group with a versatile, athletic quarterback — something Willis would surely be able to. provide.
Pittsburgh already employs Mitchell Trubisky, who could serve as interim quarterback for 2022 while they bring Willis into the pros and prepare him for 2023. Given Trubisky’s athletic ability, they can begin the transition to this new offense. and use it to shape the future for Willis when the time comes.
For New York, picking an extra first round in 2023 — a draft class that should be flooded with elite talent — is a huge win and going back to pick No. 20 still gets them one of the best wides or targets in the class their best option at defensive tackle or linebacker.
Logistically, this trade exactly mirrors the deal that was struck in last year’s draft with the Chicago Bears going 20-11 with the New York Giants to select quarterback Justin Fields. While Pittsburgh is an organization that rarely looks to trade from its draft location, this is the first time in nearly two decades that they would be looking to take a quarterback and it’s often the position teams will act out of character to land their guy. If Pittsburgh comes calling, Joe Douglas would be very wise to answer.
Trade #2: Eagles love a wideout
New York receives: pick No. 15, pick No. 83 and a third-round pick in 2023
Philadelphia receives: Pick No. 10
Do you think Howie Roseman still has Joe Douglas’ phone number? The two former colleagues find themselves making a deal in this scenario, with New York deciding to pick two third-rounders only to drop just five picks so Philadelphia can ensure they land their best receiver.
Philadelphia and New York find themselves in somewhat similar situations for 2022, with both teams looking to add elite talent around their young quarterbacks in what could be seen as a breakthrough year for Zach Wilson and Jalen Hurts. The Jets are likely a little more patient with Wilson, but Hurts’ time could very well be coming to an end if he doesn’t make any significant advances in 2022, with a solid quarterback class pending in the draft. the NFL in 2023.
In order to ensure that their current starter has the opportunity to show his worth, the addition of an elite playmaker to complement Devonta Smith should be more than enough to make Hurts’ life easier. They would need a clear No. 1 receiver in this class to make the move, which might be hard to know seeing as the teams are split between four or five different options, but that deal is done if Roseman and his team have strong love. to a specific target.
That could be a tough call for New York to make, because not only are you giving an organization that knows your draft philosophy a first pick, but you’re also allowing a team to draft a guy into a position you need to target. . However, Douglas is a GM who will still get a deal if he thinks he gets the best end to the deal and adding a second third round this year and an extra in 2023 could mean a lot more than just dropping five picks. . It all depends on Philadelphia knowing exactly who they want to leave the first round with, but that could be a solid asset for Douglas if the opportunity arises.
Exchange #3: Chiefs want their new Tyreek Hill
New York receives: No. 29 pick, No. 30 pick and 2023 fourth-round pick
Kansas City receives: Pick No. 10
This one seems the least likely of the three, as New York sits well in the backend of Round 1, but the possibility of adding four impact players between picks 29 and 38 would be a tremendous opportunity for this front office to leave. April as one. of the best “winners” of the repechage.
The buzz around Jameson Williams is really starting to heat up as we head into mid-April, and concerns over his injury seem to be easing in much the same way Jaylen Waddle did last season. Williams won’t end up as the sixth pick like his former teammate did a year ago, but there’s growing belief he could be the No. 1 receiver on the board on April 28. With Kansas City leaving Tyreek Hill a few weeks ago, a move to the top 15 could result in his immediate replacement and a new favorite deep target for Patrick Mahomes.
While that seems odd, as the Jets were one of two Tyreek Hill finalists and would assume Williams’ cut would be intriguing for Mike LaFleur, but I don’t see the Jets bringing in a wide that wouldn’t be available until the middle of the season. This team needs to win games in September and October and putting away a loose with the 10th pick won’t help that winning mentality.
Making that move would also presumably give them an outside shot at getting a top-five receiver in this class, but names like Penn State’s Jahan Dotson, Georgia’s George Pickens and North Dakota State’s Christian Watson are starting to look like late first-round options. and would all be impact players to start 2022. Depending on how the roster falls, that could turn into a rookie group that includes Christian Watson, defensive tackle Travis Jones, linebacker Chad Muma and cornerback Kyler Gordon – an impressive run when paired with their No 4 pick.
It would be a bold move for Douglas to step back about 20 places, but if he’s comfortable with the growing idea that this is a medium-heavy project, it would be quite a way to meet their plethora of needs with some of the best in the project. to these positions.
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