5 Ideal Trade Scenarios for the New York Jets to Pursue This Offseason
The New York Jets have gone from one of the league's biggest laughing stocks to one of the league's most up-and-coming teams in a matter of a year.
The drastic turnaround can be attributed to John Idzik, who has continually made bold and smart moves in the draft and free agency.
The facet Idzik has excelled in the most, though, is the trading block. He made a terrific decision to acquire Chris Ivory last offseason, and he made the strong-willed move to trade Darrelle Revis as well.
Idzik's heavy trading activity in his first year as general manager should make Jets' fans excited for what he will pull off in 2014.
Click through to see five ideal trade scenarios for Gang Green this offseason.
Trade Up in Round 1 to Select Sammy Watkins
Sammy Watkins will almost undoubtedly be taken in the top five of this year's draft, making the chances he goes to the Jets slim to none.
That is, unless Gang Green decides to trade up for the Clemson product.
Even the most casual fans know New York is in desperate need of a go-to receiver, and Watkins is exactly that.
The 20-year-old is coming off of a monster junior year in Clemson, as he recorded 101 catches for 1,464 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Watkins' has the size, strength, speed, and hands to emerge as one of the elite wideouts in the NFL from the moment he steps on the field.
Trading up into the top five to select Watkins will be costly, but its hard to envision it not working out for Gang Green.
Trade Up in Round 1 to Select Eric Ebron
Many Jets' fans and experts, including myself, have Eric Ebron going to New York in the first round of this year's draft.
The move makes perfect sense. Ebron is a mid-first round prospect, and the Jets need more playmaking skill-position players, especially at tight end.
However, Ebron may not make it to New York's draft slot on May 8.
The Ravens hold the 16th selection, and they also lack playmakers on offense. The team's starting tight end, Dennis Pitta, is also coming off of a major injury and is due to become a free agent.
Gang Green may have to trade up a few spots to get Eric Ebron and his Vernon Davis-like combination of athleticism and size.
Trade Down to the End of the First Round to Take Jace Amaro
If Watkins, Ebron, and perhaps Marqise Lee are all off the board by the time the Jets are on the clock, John Idzik and co. may decide to trade down and select a playmaking receiver at the end of the first round.
Jace Amaro would be the ideal selection if that scenario turns into reality.
Amaro doesn't have the same breathtaking athleticism as Ebron, but he has phenomenal size, route-running ability and hands.
Amaro was also the most productive tight end in college football last season, as the Texas Tech product recorded 106 catches, 1,352 yards and seven scores.
The 21-year-old would give Geno Smith and the Jets' offense a big, solid target at a fraction of the price of the aforementioned prospects.
Trade a Mid-to-Late Round Pick for Jacquizz Rodgers
New York's offense needs more than a dynamic wide receiver and a playmaking tight end. The unit needs a pass-catching running back.
Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell are a solid one-two punch in the backfield, but neither player is exceptional at making an impact in the passing game.
A solid third-down receiving threat out of the backfield would open up New York's offense and lead to fewer mistakes for Geno Smith.
Jacquizz Rodgers would be the perfect man to fill in that vacancy for Gang Green.
Rodgers is a small and elusive back with terrific speed and hands. He's caught over 50 passes for the Falcons in each of the last two seasons and served as Matt Ryan's primary check-down option over that span.
It's hard to see Atlanta just giving up Rodgers for nothing, but with Steven Jackson manning the starting slot and the Falcons possessing a multitude of other issues, they may decide that there are more important positions to address than backup tailback.
Trade an Early-Round Pick for Josh Gordon
Josh Gordon is one of football's best wide receivers no matter how you put it.
Gordon's physical tools are among the game's elite, and the 22-year-old led the NFL in receiving yards this past season despite missing two games and playing with three different subpar quarterbacks.
However, Gordon was the center of trade speculation during his breakout year.
Gordon was and maybe still is on the trading block for one simple reason: He has failed a total of five drug tests over his collegiate and professional career, and he's just one more botched test away from being suspended for an entire season.
However, Gordon's talent far outweighs the risk of trading for him.
If the Jets can get Gordon for a second- and/or third-round pick this offseason, they should pounce immediately.