Jets, Raiders in mix as potential draft trade partners
While the move leaves the New York Jets with a gaping hole at cornerback, the draft picks in return also provide the team with enough means to trade up in the upcoming NFL draft and hence address the position.
In contrast, the Oakland Raiders hold the No.3 overall pick and would like to trade down.
The New York Jets currently possess both the No.9 and No.13 picks in the first round. Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner is widely regarded as the top cornerback talent in the 2013 draft class and will likely land with a team somewhere between the top five spots.
The New York Jets could orchestrate a trade with the Oakland Raiders by sending them one of their first round picks (preferably the No.9 since it will require less additional picks to complete the deal) as well as a second round pick to move up in the draft and lock Dee Milliner. Otherwise, the New York Jets could seek other options such as Oregon defensive end / linebacker Dion Jordan, who would adjust well into the Jets’ system, given that he’s still available later in the draft.
Following the move, the New York Jets will still hold two pick in the top 13 of the NFL draft, while acquiring the best cornerback in the 2013 draft class. Meanwhile, the Oakland Raiders would still hold a pick in the top 10, while acquiring a second round pick as well, one which they currently don’t possess. It could be a win-win for both sides.