Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports that the feeling in league circles is that the Jets will be open to trading down from the No. 6 spot. This is assuming QB Jameis Winston, QB Marcus Mariota, and DE/OLB Dante Fowler, Jr., are no longer on the board.
Mehta has spoken to several personnel directors who believe the Jets “have an affinity” for Stanford OT Andrus Peat.
While many expect the Jets to target an edge rusher in round one, Mehta thinks it would be a wise move for them to trade back and get some additional draft picks while improving their aging offensive line.
Mehta considers Peat to be an instant upgrade for the Jets and there has been buzz in recent days that teams view him as the No. 1 offensive tackle in the draft.
“Peat can start at either left tackle or right tackle,” one personnel director said. “He’s a big man, who’s athletic and light on his feet. He’s a good run and pass blocker, but needs to get stronger. He struggles with the bull rush because his pads will get too high. At worst, he’ll be a Top 15 pick.”
According to Mehta, Louisville WR DeVante Parker and Missouri DE/OLB Shane Ray are on the Jets’ radar as well.
We have the Jets taking Alabama WR Amari Cooper at No. 6 in our recently updated two-round Mock Draft.