• The New York Jets may trade their No. 10 overall pick in the 2022 NFL draft for Deebo Samuel
  • Samuel recently revealed his desire to leave the San Francisco 49ers
  • The Jets have nine picks in the upcoming draft

With the NFL draft set to begin Thursday, trade speculation around the league is only going to increase, and the latest rumor includes the New York Jets and San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel.

Tony Pauline of Pro Football Network reported, citing unnamed league sources, that the Jets, who have the 10th overall pick in the draft, are poised to offer the pick to the 49ers in a potential trade deal for Samuel.

“What do the [New York] Jets do with the 10th pick? No surprise here, but word in league circles is the Jets, and most specifically [general manager] Joe Douglas, are all in on using that pick to acquire Deebo Samuel,” wrote Pauline.

International Business Times could not independently verify this information.

Samuel became a hot target for most of the 32 NFL teams this offseason after he declared his intentions to leave the 49ers in search of greener pastures.

It was recently revealed that the beef between the organization and their budding star all began because of the 49ers allegedly lowballing the 26-year-old.

The Jets have been searching for some semblance of success and are understandably aspiring to make the postseason for the first time since the 2010 NFL season, when they fell 24-19 in the AFC Championship against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Their last winning record was back in the 2015 season when they went 10-6, but missed the playoffs, under the leadership of quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick.

Since that time, the franchise has been miring in mediocrity, but acquiring Samuel could turn their fortunes around.

New York has nine draft picks to play with, including the no. 4 overall, and could either select a prospect or possibly package them in trades.

It has been rumored that they may select offensive tackle Ikem Ekwonu with the fourth pick, while Pauline suggested that they could look to improve their defense by selecting a pass rusher.

However, trading for Samuel would not be such a bad thing since the wide receiver has also played the running back position during play-action plays and will help inject some much-needed offense to a Jets team that only averaged 306.4 yards per game last season.

Deebo Samuel, San Francisco 49ers
Deebo Samuel #19 of the San Francisco 49ers rushes during the NFC Wild Card Playoff game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium on January 16, 2022 in Arlington, Texas. The 49ers defeated the Cowboys 23-17. Michael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/Getty Images