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Jets GM Joe Douglas explains what his draft day trade process looks like

The Jets have been a very bad team for the past few seasons, but they do sit in an advantageous position, with the No. 2 overall pick in the draft, and their general manager is apparently keeping all options open.

New York has a number of holes to fill on its roster, which would lead some teams to trade down and continue to rebuild with blue-chip talent on both sides of the ball. However, it’s lacked a superstar quarterback, since, well, forever, as many Jets fans weren’t even alive to watch Joe Namath lead the team to its only Super Bowl victory.

As such, there’s a lot of talk about the Jets drafting Zach Wilson, if the Jags — or whomever is in the No. 1 spot — do take Trevor Lawrence. The BYU product may be a bit undersized, which has sparked some concerns about his durability, but his ability to make plays out of structure fits so well with today’s NFL offenses. Just look at Patrick Mahomes, and what he’s done for the Chiefs — now and going forward.

And while we believe the Jets will indeed draft Wilson, Douglas isn’t tipping his hand. He recently explained what his thought process behind a potential in-draft trade looks like.

“I really think we start those conversations now, not only in house, but we start making the calls, or receiving the calls, to other teams,” Douglas told the media during a recent Zoom call. “…Start greasing the skids, maybe there’s interest in moving up or moving back.”

He continued:

“There’s groundwork that goes into these trades that happen before the draft.”

The Jets could get quite a haul if they traded out of the No. 2 spot, but talents like Wilson don’t come along often.