I, like many others here, do not believe that the Jets should trade up in the 1st round of the upcoming draft. The Jets have too many holes to fill right now and they need to keep all their picks intact (if not add some picks through trading down). However, being a realist, and knowing the history of Tanny (in addition to the fact that the prospects who may be available at 30 aren't exactly the most intriguing ever), we must face the prospect that it is very likely that the Jets will in fact trade up.
If the Jets do trade up it is not necessarily the worst thing in the world. Tanny's history when trading up has been nothing short of phenomenal. Most of the better players on our team were players that Tanny traded up to get. Revis, Sanchez, Greene, Keller and Harris (and also Joe McKnight) were all products of trading up. Tanny's history when staying put is not so great. While he's had hits with Brick and Mangold he's also had busts with Gholston (and maybe but the jury is still out) Kyle Wilson and Vlad Ducasse. So, although we'd be losing picks if we traded up it could be that we'd be getting an excellent player.
The question is who should the Jets trade up for if they do in fact decide to trade (even if you don't want them to trade up you can still answer what route you'd prefer for them to take if they do in fact take this course of action). There are 3 types of possibilities when it comes to trading up.
1) Players who are ranked around our slot (30) and the Jets really like but are afraid that some other team will snatch them up before the jets pick. This could prove to be the case for guys like Justin Houston, Phil Taylor, Muhammed Wilkerson or Cameron Heyward all who may potentially go oof the board before the Jets pick. A trade like this will usually only move up a few slots and consequently waste less of our draft capital.
2) Players who are ranked around the 20 range. These are players who will almost for sure not drop to us. The thing is, I like these prospects a lot better than the ones who may be available at 30. If we could trade up for a guy like Ryan Kerrigan or or Aldon Smith I could see myself getting ver excited. A trade like this would move up around 10 spots and make us give up more picks.
3) Players who are ranked in the 1st half of the draft but inexplicably fall for some reason. I every draft there are players who for one reason or another drop come draft day. There are a few guys in the first half of the round who I think can be very intriguing trade up options if they somehow drop to say, around 15. The 2 guys I'm looking at are Robert Quinn and Prince Amukamara.I'm not saying they'll drop, but if for some reason they do I can see the Jets being very interested. Quinn is an absolute pass rushing terror, something the Jets need very dearly. I havent the faintest idea whether he prototypes as a 3-4 OLB (mainly since I haven't paid attention to him since he's projected to go way way before us. If he does, I think he'd be a fantastic fit.
With regards to Amukamara, although I'm on record as saying in no way do I want the Jets to draft anything ot from the front 7 in the 1st round, I'd have to say that I'd love to get Amukamara. I think the guy is gonna be an absolute stud CB and if we pair him with Revis it could be really scary. I'm not at all convinced about any of the other CB's not named Peterson, which is why I dont want to see the Jets drafting Brandon Harris or Jimmy Smith. Everyone knows, that next to his wife's feet, Rex's biggest fetish is CB's. It would not shock me if Amukamara falls for the Jets to go after him.