When the Jets traded defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson to the Seattle Seahawks in exchange for wide receiver Jermaine Kearse and Seattle’s second-round pick, most assumed the draft choice would be somewhere between the 55th and 62nd pick overall as Seattle was viewed as a legitimate Super Bowl contender. Well, things have changed.
The surprising Los Angeles Rams are currently atop the NFC West at 9-4 and the Seahawks are one game behind them at 8-5. Should the Rams win in Seattle this Sunday, it would give them a two game lead with two games to play.
Seattle would drop further back out of the playoff hunt as they currently trail the Falcons (8-5), Panthers (9-4) and Saints (9-4). All of a sudden, that 59th or 60th pick could become the a pick in the high 40’s to low 50’s, giving the Jets a stronger trade chip if there’s any effort to move up on draft day.