One trade from a New York team has shaken up the NFL Draft and another possible move by the other New York team could turn it upside down.
The New York Jets moved up three spots this past weekend, sending their first-round pick and three second-round picks for the No. 3 pick overall. They are one pick behind the New York Giants and have altered the landscape of the 2018 NFL Draft.
One way or another, both New York teams are primed for a big draft. Here is a look at MSGNetworks.com‘s Mock Draft for both locals.
No. 2 – New York Giants: [TRADE] The Buffalo Bills need to do something big after the Jets jumped up to land the third spot. The Giants won’t want to trade here, but the Bills will overpay.
Multiple picks including landing two in the first round, three more picks on Day 2 and another first-round pick in 2019 would get the Bills in position to land their quarterback. Big Blue would be able to add plenty of depth to augment their squad. They would like Saquon Barkley here, but the chance to get younger and deeper is too good to pass up.
No. 3 – New York Jets: With the pick acquired last weekend, the Jets get their franchise quarterback.
Baker Mayfield, he of the fire and passion on the field, is charged with being the Jets’ future. He won’t have to start this year, as Gang Green pencils in Teddy Bridgewater or Josh McCown as the top signal-caller. But the Oklahoma quarterback is a winner and a fighter who bleeds the jersey he wears.
It is a perfect fit for the Jets and the 22-year-old can develop for a year before becoming the starter.
No. 12 – New York Giants: With their first selection acquired from the Bills, the Giants go cornerback. This isn’t a hugely exciting move, but this team is looking for an identity and a ball-hawking secondary could be it.
With Landon Collins at safety, the selection of Josh Jackson helps transform the Giants’ backend. He has good range and makes plays. The Iowa product will drastically improve the Giants’ secondary and the entire defense.
No. 22 – New York Giants: The second pick plucked from the Bills this time goes offense. Ronald Jones II brings some excitement to the ground game, a new concept for the Giants.
With good speed and some wiggle out of the backfield, Jones fits in nicely to the backfield rotation alongside Jonathan Stewart and Paul Perkins. He showed plenty at USC and is arguably the second-best running back in the draft after Barkley.
No. 34 – New York Giants: The Giants’ first second-round pick goes to upgrading the offensive line. Will Hernandez was dominant at UTEP and showed very well at the NFL Combine. He’s a tough, physical specimen who moves well and upgrades the interior of the Giants offensive line.
No. 53 – New York Giants: In the trade that netted them multiple first round picks, the Giants acquired one of the two second-round picks held by Buffalo as well as both of their third-round selection. This pick here, formerly of the Bills, now goes to upgrading the defensive line.
Arden Key has first-round talent, but an injury last year at LSU and some red flags see the defensive end drop to the second round. But he’s long and athletic and a good fit on the edge for a team that just traded away Jason Pierre-Paul.
No. 65 – New York Giants: Yup, another pick from the Bills, this one is used on wide receiver Jaleel Scott. At New Mexico State, he stood out as a target wide receiver, but he’s deceptively fast and instantly steps right into the wide receiver rotation.
No. 66 – New York Giants: Riley Ferguson is a quarterback with immense potential. The Memphis quarterback throws a nice ball with good placement. He needs a year or two of development, but will be able to compete for a role with a team.
No. 69 – New York Giants: The Giants swapped this pick with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as part of the JPP trade and they use this selection on Uchenna Nwosu. The USC outside linebacker is fluid and athletic, even if he needs to bulk up. He’ll have the potential to start.
No. 72 – New York Jets: Troy Fumagalli would be a nice addition for the Jets. The former Wisconsin tight end is a dedicated blocker and a nice target down the field. Tight end is a position of need and Fumagalli adds depth and the ability to start sooner rather than later for the Jets.
No. 96 – New York Giants: The final pick this year in the deal with Buffalo, Deadrin Senat is a defensive tackle who can plug holes and compress the pocket. He would be a nice solid value pick to end Day 2 for the Giants who brings good production out of USF.
No. 107 – New York Jets: Kendrick Norton was solid for Miami, twice earning All-ACC honors the past two years. He moves well and the nose tackle is more than a space eater. Adds good depth at a position of need for the Jets.
No. 108 – New York Giants: Humboldt State isn’t a football factory, but that doesn’t mean that Alex Cappa isn’t impressive. The offensive tackle adds depth at a position of need for the Giants, but has a skill set that suggests he could be a starter in a year or two.
No. 139 – New York Giants: Tight end isn’t a pressing need since the Giants took Evan Engram last year, but UCF prospect Jordan Akins has a lot of good tools here. Decent speed and size make him a part of the rotation.
No. 157 – New York Jets: Wide receiver depth is an issue for the Jets and Teo Redding is a true sleeper. A pure route runner, he’s an exciting player who made a lot of catches at Bowling Green the past four years.
No. 179 – New York Jets: Thick build and with a good frame, Nick DeLuca had an impressive career at North Dakota State and his ability should transition to inside linebacker in the Jets 3-4. He’s a sure-fire tackle and a tough kid. Todd Bowles is going to like this one.
No. 235 – New York Jets: While he didn’t face great competition at North Carolina A&T, Brandon Parker has great length and can add more size to his frame. He’s a project at right tackle but has a high ceiling.
NEW YORK GIANTS
Round 1 (No. 12): Josh Jackson, CB, Iowa
Round 1 (No. 22): Ronald Jones, RB, USC
Round 2 (No. 34): Will Hernandez, OG, UTEP
Round 2 (No. 53): Arden Jet, EDGE, LSU
Round 3 (No. 65): Jaleel Scott, WR, New Mexico State
Round 3 (No. 66): Riley Ferguson, QB, Memphis
Round 3 (No. 69): Uchenna Nwosu, EDGE, USC
Round 3 (No. 96): Deadrin Senat, DT, South Florida
Round 4 (No. 108): Alex Cappa, OT, Humboldt State
Round 5 (No. 139): Jordan Akins, TE, Central Florida
*Also acquired Buffalo’s 2019 First Round Pick
NEW YORK JETS
Round 1 (No. 3): Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma
Round 3 (No. 72): Troy Fumagalli, TE, Wisconsin
Round 4 (No. 107): Kendrick Norton, DT, Miami
Round 5 (No. 157): Teo Redding, WR, Bowling Green
Round 6 (No. 179): Nick DeLuca, LB, North Dakota State
Round 7 (No. 235): Brandon Parker, OT, North Carolina A&T