The New York Jets announced on Saturday that they traded with the Indianapolis Colts, moving into the 3rd overall pick in the upcoming 2018 NFL Draft. NY dealt its first-rounder - No. 6 overall - along with two second-rounders and next year's second-rounder for Indianapolis' top pick this year.
For the Jets, a team that has been unable to find a franchise signal caller since the days of Joe Namath, a move into the top-3 might be the best way to achieve this goal.
The New York Jets could have their sights set on Baker Mayfield.
With the Jets nearly guaranteed to use the third pick on a quarterback, the Browns would be assured of having either defensive end Bradley Chubb from North Carolina State or running back Saquon Barkley available with the fourth pick, assuming the Browns take a quarterback No. 1 overall. Or the Cardinals could wait and see how the first five picks shake out and try to make a move up to No. 6. I think they can get three impact players with those picks by staying put. In Brugler's mock, Sam Darnold is the first pick in the draft to the Browns.
The Jets also addressed one of their other major needs by signing Long to a four-year deal worth $28 million.
The Jets have re-signed Josh McCown, who will likely head into the offseason programs as the starting quarterback, but both he and Bridgewater are on one-year deals.
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The Jets re-signed Josh McCown and added Teddy Bridgewater at the start of free agency, but no one in the National Football League actually believed they'd stand pat with that tandem. Assuming the Browns, Jets and Broncos each take a quarterback, one of Saquon Barkley, Quenton Nelson and Bradley Chubb will be available at No. 6.
So here's what the draft order looks like now: Cleveland, New York Giants, New York Jets, Cleveland, Denver and Indianapolis.
This doesn't mean the Broncos will move up, but they are among the teams most seriously considering it. This move will inevitably lead to more draft trades as teams jockey to select one of the top-level quarterbacks in the pool. Passing the Browns doesn't matter, as they also possess the No. 1 overall pick, and are practically sure to take a QB with it, because Cleveland can't afford to pass on yet another potential young phenom QB, after bah-humbugging on Carson Wentz in "16 and Deshaun Watson past year".
Sit tight with the sixth pick and pray one of the top four quarterbacks falls in his lap - a quarterback he actually believes in - or be proactive and jump for one he really likes.
Before the Jets trade, rumors of Buffalo's affinity for Josh Allen had been making its rounds throughout the interweb, but now with NY picking third, there's no guarantee the Wyoming product will be available. If the Cleveland Browns and New York Giants pick quarterbacks with the first and second picks, respectively, Maccagnan has to be comfortable with the third guy.
The Jacksonville Jaguars showed last season just how valuable an improved defense, particularly on the line, can help a team achieve rapid success and it's a formula that Cleveland could very well look to replicate in 2018. For whatever reason - whether it be faulty scouting, injuries or just bad luck - the Jets struggle at the start of the draft's second day, though.