The New York Jets could decide to take a tight end like Travis Kelce or Zach Ertz, they could even feel ambitious and draft Geno Smith, or they could just decide to trade down and stockpile picks to build depth across the board. The last option could very well be the best choice for the Jets, and Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News believes that Alabama Crimson Tide guard and center Barrett Jones could be the pick for the Jets if they decide to trade down from the 39th pick.
Jones was once rated as a first-round prospect, and his draft stock has unsurprisingly fallen. The Jets have the best center in the NFL in Nick Mangold, so it is obvious that the Jets would be pegging Jones for the guard spot in New York by drafting him. Mehta specifically tells Jets fans to “keep an eye on” Barrett Jones today, and it is safe to trust word from the well-connected Daily News beat writer.
Mehta notes that the Jets would play Jones at guard, and the great thing about Jones is that he has the versatility to play all across the offensive line. The Jets are likely looking at the rival New England Patriots and how the Pats have several offensive linemen who can play at multiple spots, and this versatility is key for building depth. Drafting Jones would be a decent move if the Jets decide to trade down, because the name of the game is building talent at various spots when you trade down. With all the needs the Jets have, trading down from 39 would be a sensible move. But there is always more than one way to make a good pick in the draft.
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