By Andrew Brandt,Associated PressA few days after the New York Jets selected Geno Smith with the No. 2 pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, they announced that they would be meeting for draft meetings in late July.
That would be just weeks before the start of the 2019 season.
But as the draft approaches, it looks like the two sides may be inching closer.
The Jets will hold their second meeting of the week on Thursday, Aug. 12, with their first meeting of training camp scheduled for the following day, Aug 12.
That means the meetings are in the early going, with the first day being set aside for training camp activities and other team activities.
If the talks are going to be as productive as they were before, there are several possibilities.
The most likely scenario is that the teams will come to a compromise that both sides agree to, said a person familiar with the discussions.
The Jets are willing to trade back in order to draft Smith, who has a top-10 grade and the No, 19 overall pick in this year’s draft, and are in need of a pass rusher.
They could also take the opportunity to make a play for the No’s fifth-round pick in 2019, which would allow them to take a quarterback.
That could be quarterback Blake Bortles, who is considered one of the best players in the draft, but could also be a late-round steal for the Jets, a team that desperately needs a quarterback this year.
But the Jets are also in the market for a cornerback.
They have a need at corner and are also searching for a linebacker in the secondary.
If the Jets choose not to trade down, they could target the best cornerback available, the person said.
The New York Daily News has learned that the Jets have been negotiating with former New Orleans Saints cornerback Marques Colston, who they are expected to pick No. 14.
Colston, 33, played in all 16 games for the Saints last season after spending the previous three seasons in New Orleans.
He spent the past four seasons in the NFL with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants.
The Jaguars also could be in the mix for Smith.
They could take a player who has had success in the past two seasons, defensive tackle Aaron Donald, a projected first-round talent who is one of several defensive tackles projected to be available in the first two rounds.
The Patriots are also looking to bolster their defensive front, according to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport.
The Patriots have shown interest in Alabama defensive tackle Shilique Calhoun, according.
Rapoport added that the Patriots are “looking to add a big-time player to their front seven.”
The Dolphins could also use a pass rush.
They were one of four teams that drafted Notre Dame quarterback DeShone Kizer, who was rated the No 6 overall prospect in the 2018 draft by ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. and has started nine games this season.