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Jets Trade Up in 2014 NFL Draft? Not for a Pass Catcher

Streeter Lecka

Tomorrow night we will find out the newest member of the New York Jets. I really do not have many hard preferences, but I do have a major one. I am not necessarily going to be upset if the Jets trade up. If they think there is an impact guy far above everybody else, I say make the move. It certainly did not hurt the Jets in a similar spot trading up for Darrelle Revis in 2007.

I do not, however, want the Jets to trade up for a pass catcher, whether wide receiver or tight end. There is just too much depth in this class for it to make sense for me. I think there is a clearly defined top of the top at the receiver position. These are the guys you can build a passing game through by themselves. They are so physically dominant that they will have success even with minimal help. I'd put Calvin Johnson, Andre Johnson, A.J. Green, Julio Jones, Demaryius Thomas, Brandon Marshall, Dez Bryant, and Josh Gordon in this group. You might argue a few others. I'm not sure there is a prospect in this Draft who will hit these heights, but there are a number I feel who will be available into the second round who are the level below. I would have a difficult time justifying moving up for even a receiver I love because there will likely be a comparable player there at 18.

If the Jets want to grab an edge rusher, a cornerback, or a tackle, and there is an early run, I can live with a trade up. It wouldn't be my first choice, but I could see it. I'm not a fan of the idea of moving up for a pass catcher, though.