Jets explored moving to No. 1

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It’s still unclear who the Jets are targeting with the third overall pick in the draft. The latest tidbit regarding the move from No. 6 suggests that they’re definitely leaning quarterback.

Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports that the Jets talked to the Browns about a move all the way to No. 1. Which means that, potentially, the jump to No. 3 is merely a pit stop on the way to the top of the draft.

If the goal is to get a quarterback, the move to No. 3 means that the Jets feel sufficiently strongly about at least three quarterbacks to justify giving up three second-round picks for the privilege of moving up three spots in the pecking order.

The apparent interest in a quarterback makes the decision to re-sign Josh McCown at $10 million and to sign Teddy Bridgewater in the range of $5 million even more curious, and it suggests that, eventually, 2016 second-rounder Christian Hackenberg (who has never played in a regular-season game) will be gone.

It also cuts against the win-now vibe that G.M. Mike Maccagnan and coach Todd Bowles otherwise have been exuding. A high pick spent on a player who won’t play could have been a high pick spent on a player who will play.

For who, who will be drafted by the Jets — and who will play quarterback this year and beyond — remains to be seen.

41 responses to “Jets explored moving to No. 1

  1. What’s curious about signing McGown and Bridgewater. McGown plays most of this year if not all mattering on playoff contention. Rookie sits and isn’t thrown to the wolves. McGown gone after the year, Bridgewater and rookie compete following year and you try and trade Hackenberg this year.

  2. Not sure why the Jets are getting questioned for moves that are actually the right way to bring a top draft pick qb into the league if you are seeking to develop him for a future franchise role.

  3. Cleveland and the Giants aren’t trading down. The Browns might with their number 4 but not number 1. And the Giants obviously either are sold on a QB or want Barkley.

  4. Gotta love the salty Bills fans on the boards ripping the Jets saying they have no idea what they’re doing when they sat on their hands for too long and now have to settle for Josh Allen/Lamar Jackson.

  5. Browns now have their choice of Allen or Barkley at #1, and either Barkley or Chubb at #4. Thanks Jets. We owe you one. Unless Dorsey blows it by trading down.

  6. now it makes no sense to move up in the draft for a quarterback having signed not one, but TWO veteran QBs;

    clearly the front office and coaching staff has sweat running down the backs of their sacks to win now, and that means drafting the player who would have the most impact on games to that end—see Barkley, Saquon;

    only a trade to no. 1 would ensure that, because only the Browns have the same exact situation;

    the only difference is on the Browns, the owner thinks he’s the GM (Haslim, after all, forced his last GM to draft Johnny Football and the current one to keep as HC the most incompetent one since Marinelli) and will probably make his current GM draft Chubb or another QB, in a move whose buffoonery will be talked about the next 25 years..roughly five years after Barkley is inducted in the HOF, which will probably be the most time he’ll have ever spent in ohio;

  7. Nothing curious or new about it. Both the Bills and the Jets are emulating what the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles did in 2016.The Eagles gave big money to Bradford and Daniel and still traded up to number 2 to grab Carson Wentz.

  8. Wow McCown is 40 and more of a mentor Bridgewater is potential at this point drafting one of these QB’s is actually smart, draft one groom him and then let him play how does that not make sense ?

  9. I think that it is premature to assume, like 6 weeks before the draft, that the Giants arent trading down. The Browns have a TON of draft capital and I dont think Dorsey is stupid enough to not just nail his QB at #1 and then let the rest of the draft play out. I could see the Browns trading out of #4, but not #1.

  10. So a team with holes all over its roster is trading all their draft capital to move up and take a QB that will probably need 2 years before he can even start? Will be picking first next year. None of these QBs are sure hits and I wouldn’t be surprised if even two of them become good starters out of the top 6.

  11. I can’t imagine the Jets will make another trade considering what they have already given up to move to #3 unless they feel there is a clear-cut can’t miss prospect at QB. I’m not sure I can say that about any of the top four QB prospects. They shouldn’t mortgage this year’s and next year’s draft to move up to #1. However, it could work out like it did for the Eagles. The odds are against it though.

  12. McCown at 39 can’t stay healthy for a full year, so you have Bridgewater back him up, while the rook you drafted sits and learns……….makes plenty of sense.

    Then, if you are lucky enough that the rook looks good in camp, you trade one of those vets out to a desperate team that lost their starting QB………happens every year, heck, we did that in Philly when we traded Bradford…..and laughed all the way to the Super Bowl Bank the following year.

  13. In 2017 the Jets had no QBs (Bryce petty, Christian Hackenberg) and a garbage roster, having cut some vets (Decker, Marshall, Gilchrist, no more Mangold).
    They were in the perfect position to have a terrible year, and be able to draft a QB.

    So what did they do? They signed Josh McCown who was enough better than Petty to get the Jets to 5-11.
    Those extra few wins ended up costing the Jets a lot of draft material to move up.

    Is 5-11 that much better than 2-14? The Jets would have been in better shape had they gone 2-14.
    They would get to keep those draft picks, and draft higher in the later rounds. This would probably have given another starter in the draft.

    And by trading up to #3, they may still only get the #3 QB in the draft.

    Its a joke to give up all that material only to get the third best QB prospect.
    Watch the Jets end up with a tier 2 QB, and no starters from the rest of the 2018 draft class.
    The Jets will be 5-11 again.

  14. The difference between the Eagles and the Jets is 1: Ownership 2: Defense 3: Depth

    The Jets won’t contend. No one picked the Eagles to win it all but no one picked the Giants in 2011, either. But the stars aligned and both were very good teams that did what they had to do when they had to do it. There is no way the Jets can do this.

    They should have stayed at 6 and taken the best QB available. They really needed those 3 picks, not to just hit on 1 or 2 but odds are if they did, you have 2 starters at small salaries.

    They get 15 mil off the books next year and a rookie QB who is cheap. Maybe that evens it out. But they are a 2-14 team without a real QB and a 6 and 10 team, with one.

  15. The Jets are gutting their entire future to select an iffy QB, all 5 of these guys have holes in their game and no one is standing out above the others. Unless they are trading up to draft Barkley, then this makes little to no sense. I keep posting and simply don’t understand why all these teams want to take a 50/50 gamble on a QB with all this draft capital, when a 2nd and a 3rd would land Foles – a Super Bowl MVP!

  16. indiapalealeblog says:
    March 17, 2018 at 8:10 pm
    In 2017 the Jets had no QBs (Bryce petty, Christian Hackenberg) and a garbage roster, having cut some vets (Decker, Marshall, Gilchrist, no more Mangold).
    They were in the perfect position to have a terrible year, and be able to draft a QB.

    So what did they do? They signed Josh McCown who was enough better than Petty to get the Jets to 5-11.
    Those extra few wins ended up costing the Jets a lot of draft material to move up.

    Is 5-11 that much better than 2-14? The Jets would have been in better shape had they gone 2-14.

    ———-

    Only the Jets could botch tanking a season

  17. Couple of observations, it seems to me that the Jets are looking to take someone other than a QB with this move, my guess is the RB From Penn State or the Defensive stud.
    Is it me or do the Beagle fans continue to be the most obnoxious fans around, it’s like they are 10 years old or something when reading their posts. Face it beagles, your Team got busted A$$ lucky drafting the QB then even luckier to finally win. Super Bowl using a back up system QB. If Kevin K. Is such a great QB then ask yourself why no one is even considering a trade for him? Town is a dump and their fans are the worst fans in sports, hands down.

  18. Kinda seems like if they know the Browns want a qb at 1, then there would be no sense in talking to them about trading up to 1 for a qb. The Jets never said it was to draft a qb, maybe they want Barkley and know he won’t get past the Giants.

  19. Pats better get a ton of help for that joke of a defense. Jets & Bills seem like they’re done handing NE free division crowns every year.

  20. Jets,jets, jets have no clue as to what there doing.
    They give those second picks to the colts and still don’t have there guy? That’s foolishness.
    Looking like losers again.

  21. You don’t trade all those picks to move up for a rb. It’s obvious the Jets want a Qb and it gonna be one of Darnold, Rosen, or Allen. All the Mayfield talk is a joke. He’s clearly behind these guys and is riding the hype train. And what’s wrong with signing McCown who played well and the Bridgewater deal is a no brainer. Very little risk there with lots of reward if he returns to form.

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