Jets, Bengals Could Shake Up NFL Draft With This Trade

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Could the New York Jets and Cincinnati Bengals match up on a trade for the NFL Draft?

Nick Faria of Jets Country has an interesting proposal, suggesting that the Jets trade the No. 10 pick and a sixth-rounder to the Bengals in exchange for the 18th pick and a second-rounder.

This would give New York some great draft capital to add some talent around Aaron Rodgers heading into 2024. Meanwhile, it would allow Cincinnati to move up to select a much-needed offensive lineman.

But would the Bengals give up that much just to move up eight spots?

A first and a second-rounder seems like an awful lot for Cincinnati to surrender in this hypothetical trade. The Jets may be willing to do this for the 18th pick and a third-rounder.

Both teams are trying to win now. The Bengals are three seasons removed from reaching the Super Bowl, and the Jets are clearly in championship-or-bust mode with 40-year-old Rodgers under center.

This is a trade that would certainly help New York. There are rumblings that the Jets would like to select University of Georgia tight end Brock Bowers at No. 10, but with Tyler Conklin already on board, Gang Green doesn’t really need Bowers. Moving down to No. 18 and picking up a second-rounder would allow the Jets to better fill out the roster.

Cincinnati definitely needs an offensive lineman, but giving up that extra second-round pick (which is No. 49) would probably just be overkill for the club. The Bengals, too, need to add more pieces to the roster, especially on the defensive side of the ball where they ranked just 31st in the league last season.

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