With the NFL trade deadline behind us, there will be no more Jets trades for draft picks, at least until the new NFL year turns over in mid-March, 2021. With little to look forward to on the playing field the rest of the way, now might be a good time to update where the Jets stand in the coming years in terms of draft picks. First, let’s recap the transactions that got us to the Jets current state of affairs. The following is a list of all Jets transactions involving draft picks over the next three years.
8/31/19: Traded Parry Nickerson to Seahawks for a conditional 2021 7th round pick. Since Nickerson was waived by the Seahawks less than two week later and never played a snap for them, it’s safe to assume the conditions were not met in this trade and the Jets received nothing from the Seahawks.
9/10/19: Traded 2021 6th round pick to Patriots for Demaryius Thomas.
10/28/19: Traded Leonard Williams to Giants for 2020 3rd round pick and 2021 5th round pick.
4/24/20: Traded 2020 3rd round pick to Patriots for two 2020 4th round picks and a 2021 6th round pick. Unclear whether the 2021 6th round pick is the Patriots pick or the 2021 6th round pick the Jets traded to the Patriots for Demaryius Thomas.
7/25/20: Traded Jamal Adams and a 2022 4th round pick to Seahawks for Bradley McDougald, a 2021 1st round pick, a 2021 3rd round pick and a 2022 1st round pick.
10/19/20: Traded Steve McLendon and a 2023 7th round pick to Buccaneers for a 2022 6th round pick.
10/27/20: Traded Jordan Willis and a 2021 7th round pick to 49ers for a 2022 6th round pick.
11/01/20: Trade Avery Williamson and a 2022 7th round pick to Steelers for a 2022 5th round pick.
The result of all those trades leaves the Jets with the following draft picks in 2021 and 2022:
Jets 2021 draft picks (9 Total)
6. (Either Jets original 6th or Patriots 6th, unclear which)
Jets 2022 draft picks (9 Total)
With the Jets 4th round pick likely to be near or at the top of the 4th round, that leaves the Jets with six 2021 draft picks in the top 100 or so picks, and 10 picks in the top 100 or so picks over the next two years. The present is a dreary one for the Jets, but the future could be bright if Joe Douglas can turn those many premium picks into draft gold.