The New York Jets have reportedly been interested in moving down from the No. 3 overall pick in this week’s NFL Draft. Should the team not find a trade package worthy of their pick, though, one of the team’s top targets will be available, and is shooting up draft boards.
SNY’s Ralph Vacciano reported last week that New York is “determined” to move back in an attempt to recoup at least the second-round pick it gave up in 2018 as part of their move for quarterback Sam Darnold. General manager Mike Maccagnan has confirmed publicly he’s willing to field offers for the third pick. But if New York stands pat, the team may target University of Houston defensive lineman Ed Oliver.
Longtime NFL scout Greg Gabriel suggested Friday that Oliver is the prospect most coveted by new Jets defensive coordinator Gregg Williams and that the projected top-10 pick is “the hot name” at No. 3, assuming the Jets do not trade down.
Oliver has rarely been mocked that high, but enters the draft as one of the fastest rising prospects, in a defensive line class that already includes blue-chip prospects such as Ohio State’s Nick Bosa, Kentucky’s Josh Allen, and Alabama’s Quinnen Williams. It remains to be seen if Greg Williams has Oliver ranked above any of those prospects, all consensus top-five picks.
Oliver has worked out with a number of teams with high first-round picks this offseason, including the Oakland Raiders (No. 4), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (No. 5), New York Giants (No. 6), Detroit Lions (No. 8), Buffalo Bills (No. 9), and Green Bay Packers (No. 12).