Jets GM predicted Patriots’ draft-day commerce with the Steelers


The Steelers used the decide to pick out a participant that analysts projected the Jets would’ve taken as a substitute.

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Jets normal supervisor Joe Douglas throughout a press convention in April. Douglas accurately predicted the Patriots’ draft night time commerce with the Steelers. AP Photograph/Seth Wenig

Throughout the first spherical of the 2023 NFL Draft, the Patriots elected to commerce with the Steelers, and in so doing assist thwart a division rival from getting offensive sort out Broderick Jones.

Because it seems, Jets normal supervisor Joe Douglas predicted the precise sequence of occasions earlier than it occurred.

New England initially held the 14th decide, whereas the Jets possessed the fifteenth decide (following the Aaron Rodgers commerce with the Packers, which shifted New York again from proudly owning the thirteenth decide).

In newly launched footage from the workforce, Douglas may be heard saying on draft night time that, “I wager any individual goes to commerce up in entrance of us for Broderick Jones with New England.”

Douglas even went as far as to foresee that it might be “Pittsburgh.”

Positive sufficient, the information got here down from the official NFL communications line that the Patriots had traded the decide to the Steelers.

“Broderick Jones,” Douglas may be seen saying to a colleague. Soccer analysts projected that the Jets would need one of many offensive tackles with a first-round projection. Jones, a proficient prospect from Georgia, was the final of these gamers left on the board.

The video ends with the announcement that the Jets had been on the clock, as Douglas was proven leaping into motion to discover a last-second various to what his authentic decide choice could have been.