New York Jets: 4 Players the New York Jets Could Realistically Trade Up for

Aidan MackieSenior Analyst IMarch 21, 2012

New York Jets: 4 Players the New York Jets Could Realistically Trade Up for

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    Despite the recent signing of safety LaRon Landry, the Jets have had a very quiet first week of free agency.

    Instead of going with the franchise's normal approach of spending money freely, New York has gone after low-cost players that add depth to the roster.

    Landry is the only capable starter Gang Green has brought in in free agency, leaving many of the team's gaping holes unfilled. 

    The draft will be more important than ever for the Jets, as they need to fill a vast variety of need positions. 

    Trading up in the first round could be the ultimate solution for the franchise, as it would give them a surefire starter with unlimited potential.

    Here are four players the Jets could realistically trade up for in this April's draft. 

Trent Richardson

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    Trent Richardson is the most hyped running back prospect in recent memory. 

    The Alabama star possesses everything a runner needs in order to be a star at the next level, including the unique combination of outstanding speed and ferocious strength. 

    With Richardson, the Jets' running game will no longer suffer from constant inconsistency or a lack of explosiveness.

    In order to attain Richardson's services, Gang Green may have to trade up to as high as No. 4 overall. The price will be steep, but the reward could be legendary. 

Justin Blackmon

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    The Jets are in a heavy need for a consistent receiving threat to start opposite Santonio Holmes. 

    With Justin Blackmon, they would get that and more.

    Blackmon will be an elite wideout in the NFL for years to come, and he would finally give Mark Sanchez a potent deep threat. 

    Blackmon has terrific size and hands, as well as decent speed. He has the potential to be a consistent weapon in both the red zone and the open field. 

    Blackmon is a surefire Top 10 pick, and the unanimous No. 1 wide receiver in this year's draft.

    Like Richardson, the price to trade up for him will be high, but he would be a game-changer for the offense from the get-go. 

Melvin Ingram

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    New York is in dire need of a consistent pass-rushing threat at outside linebacker.

    Melvin Ingram would be a perfect fit in the Big Apple, and he boasts all the tools to be a perennial Pro Bowl selection at the next level.

    Ingram is an athletic freak, as he boasts a rare combination of terrifying strength and terrific speed. 

    The South Carolina product would finally provide Rex Ryan and company with a star pass-rusher. His presence would make the Jets defense one of the most intimidating in the NFL again. 

    In order to claim Ingram, the Jets may have to trade up to as high as No. 8 overall. The asking price for this spot will still be high, but New York's need for a pass-rusher may leave them no other option. 

Riley Reiff

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    Despite retaining Wayne Hunter this offseason, the Jets are still in need of a right tackle.

    Hunter is nothing more than a serviceable backup. He is a liability in a starting role.

    Riley Reiff could be plugged in immediately as a starter. He possesses the potential to be one of the elite offensive linemen for years to come. 

    The Iowa Hawkeye has great athleticism and is strong in both run-blocking and pass-protecting. 

    Reiff would drastically help both the running and passing game of New York. 

    The monstrous 23-year-old is well worthy of a Top 10 selection, so the Jets may have to trade up several draft positions in order to claim him.