Jets general manager John Idzik has played it safe for the better part of 16 months, making a litany of low-risk, cost-friendly moves.

He has transformed a transparent organization to a distinct shade of opaque, leaving some people on One Jets Drive to wonder whether he’s shrewd, paranoid or both.

“He is thorough,” Terry Bradway, the team’s senior director of college scouting, said last week. “He is detailed. Sometimes, I may get a little impatient with the deliberate actions.”

Less than two months after Woody Johnson purged “patience” from the Jets’ lexicon, the time is now for Idzik to take chances without being reckless in the draft. Slow and steady makes perfect sense if you have a lifetime appointment. Obviously, Idzik doesn’t.

He should make bold moves during the three-day draft to position the Jets for a playoff run in 2014 and beyond. After Idzik used only about 47% of his available salary-cap space this offseason (excluding the projected rookie pool amount), he must be aggressive this week to fill a few glaring holes on Rex Ryan’s team. To that end, the Jets have told teams that they’re interested in trading up in the first round, according to a source.

Idzik handled free agency with the same cautious optimism that the people who work for him have adopted entering Thursday night. They’re hopeful that he picks up the pace. The possibilities are plentiful with a league-high 12 picks. Idzik will have the flexibility to trade eight of them, but will he act on the opportunity or remain stubborn?

Although the Jets have only three premium draft picks (one in each of the first three rounds), Idzik has two tradeable fourth-round selections (Nos. 104 and 115) that could be valuable chips to leapfrog a team or two in the first round or make larger jumps in the second or third rounds.

He could package picks to score an additional second/third rounder or trade for a veteran player (see: Chris Ivory deal).

The Jets even have the ammunition to land an additional first-round pick. (His former employers, the Seahawks, by the way, have the last pick in the first round.) Jets fans would be downright giddy if Idzik somehow managed to address the team’s two biggest needs — cornerback and pass catcher — on the first night of the draft.