Trading Aaron Rodgers netted the Green Bay Packers premium draft capital, and it could come back to haunt the New York Jets.
While the primary focus is on the second-rounder the Packers received this year, along with the almost-guaranteed first-rounder they will add in 2024, it's important not to overlook the swap of picks on Day 1.
As part of the Aaron Rodgers trade, the Packers and Jets swapped first-rounders. Green Bay sends New York the No. 15 pick, receiving the No. 13 in return.
It might only seem like a small move, but it could be significant for both teams.
How Aaron Rodgers trade could cost Jets Jaxon Smith-Njigba
Notably, the Packers now pick in the first round before the Jets, and the two teams share some common draft needs.
According to ESPN's Matt Miller, the Jets could target Ohio State wide receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba in the first round.
"Based on conversations with people around the league and sources with knowledge of the Jets' draft plans, the team has spent considerable time and resources doing work on another Buckeyes wide receiver," wrote Miller, referring to Jaxon Smith-Njigba.
Smith-Njigba to the Jets would make a ton of sense. They would reunite him with former Ohio State teammate and 2022 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, Garrett Wilson. He would ensure Aaron Rodgers had a loaded receiving corps entering the 2023 season.
However, there's a problem. The Packers also need a wide receiver and could target Smith-Njigba in the first round. According to Tony Pauline of Pro Football Network, the move to No. 13 could be specifically for the Ohio State star.
Oh, the irony.
The Packers never drafted Aaron Rodgers a wide receiver in the first round. Imagine they then use the pick acquired by trading Rodgers to draft a first-round receiver that Rodgers' new team wanted. You can't make this stuff up.
It would be one last moment of frustration for Rodgers with his former employer.
Jaxon Smith-Njigba would be an outstanding first-round choice for the Packers, but it's the type of move Aaron Rodgers would've loved them to make while he was their quarterback. By doing so, it could also prevent his new team from landing him a first-round receiver.