The Jets need all the help they can get as they try to quickly rebuild in one of the most important offseasons in franchise history. So they sure could use the pick near the top of the second round that they gave to the Indianapolis Colts.
Not that the Jets would do it any differently, of course. Dealing that pick (and two others) put them in position to draft quarterback Sam Darnold, the most important piece in their rebuilding puzzle and the franchise quarterback they've been seeking for 50 years. So there are no regrets, no hindsight and no wishing they still had two selections in the first 34 picks.
The Jets also still have three picks in the first two days, though, thanks to the third-rounder they got from the Saints in the Teddy Bridgewater deal. The NFL Draft is 2 1/2 months away and they'll have to get through the combine, the Pro Days and interviews before their draft board settles down.
But here's an early look at what the Jets might do on Days 1 and 2:
First round (3rd overall): DT Quinnen Williams, Alabama
The Jets need pass rushers and this draft is loaded with them. They probably won't land the two best edge rushers, if Ohio State's Nick Bosa and Kentukcy's Josh Allen go 1-2 as everyone seems to expect. That leaves Williams, who could be an even better fit for the new Gregg Williams 4-3 defense.
The 6-foot-3, 295-pounder is the best interior pass rusher in the draft. He had eight sacks and 19 1/2 tackles for loss last season, so he can pressure the quarterback and break up the inside runs as well as anyone. Putting him next to Leonard Williams on the inside could be huge for the Jets. They need an outside rusher too, but this is a good place to start.
Second round (sent to the Indianapolis Colts in a trade last year)
Again, no one in New York is crying over this lost pick. They'd give it up all over again and more considering how promising Darnold has looked. But there's still no overlooking how much value the second pick of the second round has.
This would've been a great place, for example, to find the offensive playmakers they need -- a small one like Oklahoma's Marquise Brown, or a bigger one like Arizona State's N'Keal Harry. Receivers often drop in the draft, and the second round is a fertile ground to find them. They could've found offensive line help too, like maybe Ole Miss' 6-foot-6, 325-pound tackle Greg Little. The Colts will make good use of this pick.
Third round (68th overall): WR J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, Stanford
The thinnest spot on the Jets' roster goes under the heading "offensive playmaker". They need to surround Darnold with weapons. They have a possession receiver in Quincy Enunwa and a deep threat in Robby Anderson, but little else.
The 6-foot-3, 225-pound Arcega-Whiteside could be more. His speed is good enough to get open and he's proven to be a tremendous red-zone threat. N.C. State WR Kelvin Harmon could be part of the conversation here too, if they're both available. There could be a bunch of receivers in this range.
Sure, there are other positions of need too, but the Jets can't come out of the first three rounds without receiving help, especially considering how thin the free-agent crop is at that position
Third round (93rd overall, from the Saints) - OT Isaiah Prince, Ohio State
The Jets need to overhaul their entire offensive line, though they'll probably do it in pieces over the next couple of years. The 6-foot-6, 306-pound Prince could be their right tackle of the future - maybe even a starter right away considering Brandon Shell is recovering from a "complicated" knee injury and surgery.
Regardless, the Jets need some talented young offensive linemen to build around and this is the spot to find some. Wisconsin's David Edwards (6-foot-7, 315 pounds) could be an option here, too.