Nick Bosa
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The New York Jets are prime candidates to trade down in the NFL draft unless Nick Bosa happens to slip to No. 3.

The New York Jets and general manager Mike Maccagnan have made it clear that they are willing to trade down and acquire draft capital. Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News is now reporting that the Jets are likely to trade down as long as Ohio State University’s Nick Bosa is not available.

“Twenty-four hours ago, there was a sense the Jets wouldn’t be able to trade down for a deal to their liking,” Mehta writes. “Now, three GMs that I touched base with think the Jets definitely will trade out of No. 3 as long as Nick Bosa is not available. But they don’t believe it will be with the Redskins.”

If the Jets land Bosa, the premier EDGE rusher in this draft, they should jump for joy. In two straight years, they’ll land players with generational talent.

Sam Darnold’s encouraging rookie season signals that perhaps the Jets’ quarterback woes are a thing of the past. By selecting Bosa, Jets fans can stop hearing about John Abraham as the last good pass rusher to lace it up for the Jets.

Of course, it’s highly unlikely that Bosa slips to the Jets at No. 3 and at that point, trading down to acquire more draft picks isn’t a bad idea. Josh Allen could be a fit on the EDGE, but the Jets have plenty of holes to fill outside of the pass rush. If nothing else, the Jets have options.

NY/NJ hoops reporter (NBA/NCAA) & sports betting writer for XL Media. Never had the makings of a varsity athlete.