The move was costly, sure. And two years ago, to move up from No. 8 to No. 2 in a swap of first-round picks, it additionally cost Philadelphia third- and fourth-rounders that year, a first-rounder a year later and a second-rounder two years later (while receiving a fifth-rounder in return). If history is any indicator, this was a good deal for the Jets. They need help in the running department, receiving department, offensive line, and throughout the defense; for those keeping track at home, that's virtually everywhere.
The Jets are expected to use the newly acquired pick on a quarterback. But as teams all around the National Football League look for their franchise quarterback, the value of the No. 2 overall pick continues to rise for the New York Giants. To get the quarterback they want, Cleveland might now have to pull the trigger at No. 1.
First, you have to look at the team with the top pick, the Browns. While the jury may still be out on Bridgewater following the horrific knee injury he sustained in 2016, Maccagnan is simply exhausted of waiting. Maybe even Baker Mayfield, the Heisman Trophy victor, who some think isn't big enough, but always played that way at Oklahoma.
If we're indeed looking at the first three picks and potentially four of the top-five selections being quarterbacks, those selecting a bit further down in the top 10 will benefit. In fact, he nearly orchestrated a trade for McCarron to join him on the Browns prior to last season's trade deadline. Now, the ball is in New York's court.
Taking a passer seems to be the overwhelming consensus of what the Jets will do. The Jets, obviously, desperately want a quarterback from this draft class.
"I'm excited about the direction we're headed in", Bridgewater told the Jets' website. Giving up three draft picks just to move up three slots isn't a particularly economical move. By staying at three, Maccagnan would be to some extent leaving the franchise's future to fate.More news: Vivo X21 and X21 UD goes official in China with Jovi
If the Bills do jump to No. 2, then whomever they're eyeballing - Darnold or Allen or Rosen or Mayfield - had better be worth it.
The Jets might not have the same top three quarterbacks as me.
Whether or not the Jets sit at the three spot will depend on just how exhausted of waiting Maccagnan has grown.
Even if two quarterbacks were selected ahead of the Jets (maybe with a team trading into the two spots in front of them), however, the Jets should be able to get a signal-caller they're happy with.
Given the Jets' desperation for a quarterback, it's surprising they did not try to secure a trade up higher than the third overall selection, but I think there's something we can read into there besides just the fact that the Jets don't make trades with the Giants. Maccagnan has a golden opportunity to rectify this in the upcoming draft.