The New York Jets made three draft day trades and received a solid “B-” grade from your benevolent dictator. All teams start with an average “C” grade and then need to impress me in order to move up. I was mildly impressed with the Jets strategy. When you net out what the Jets did, here’s the outcome:
Began with: No. 93 (3rd), No. 105 (4th), No. 217 (7th)
Ended with: No. 92 (3rd), No. 121 (4th), No. 157 (5th)
At a high level there is no difference in the quality of player available at No. 92 and No. 93, so those two picks cancel each other out. The question then becomes if you would rather have No. 105 and No. 217 (what NY gave up), or No. 121 and No. 157 (what NY got). As for me, your all-wise benevolent dictator, the talent of player available at No. 105 and No. 121 is minimal, but there’s a significant difference between No. 157 and No. 217. With that said, the Jets did well here.
Ultimately the wisdom (or lack thereof) of the Jets strategy will be how their two mid-round picks Trevon Wesco (No. 121) and Blake Cashman (No. 157) perform when compared to the two players who were drafted with the picks they traded away – Chauncey Gardner-Johnson (No. 105) and Kris Boyd (No. 217). I’ll err on the side of the Jets winning out on this one.
Overall the Jets net trade rating is a -4 based on the Dallas Draft Value Chart, meaning they gave up slightly more draft capital than they got back in return. I disagree with this old-school view. Here at Trade Down Island we’d much rather trade down 16 spots in the fourth round in order to move up 60 spots later in the draft. Well done, J-E-T-S!