The Ney York Jets made some noise in the upcoming NFL Draft over the weekend, completing a deal that netted them the No. 3 overall pick in this year’s draft. They sent the Indianapolis Colts their 2018 first round pick (6th overall pick), 2018 second round (37th overall pick), 2018 second round (48th overall pick), and 2019 second round pick for the Colts 2018 first round pick, which is 3rd overall.
The Jets Search for Franchise Quarterback
New York went after Kirk Cousins in free agency, (even offering him more money than Minnesota) but the former-Redskin and crown jewel of this year’s free agency class ultimately went with the Vikings. The Jets decided to bring back Josh McCown for $10 million and signed former Viking, Teddy Bridgewater, to a deal with worth up to $15 million, but only $500k guaranteed.
Did the Jets Give Up Too Much?
From the outside, it appears so. The team must have felt the urgency to get one of the top quarterbacks in the draft. It’s likely that the Browns or Giants, or perhaps both, select a quarterback before the Jets make their selection. However, with this move, it’s clear that Jets’ general manager, Mike Maccagnan believes there are at least three potential franchise quarterbacks in this draft.
Who Will the NY Jets Draft?
Maccagnan has already gone to the pro days of Baker Mayfield and Josh Rosen and is scheduled to see Josh Allen and Sam Darnold, as well. Most mock drafts have the Browns selecting a quarterback with the first overall pick. It appears they are most interested in Josh Allen or Sam Darnold.
It’s unclear what the Giants will do, but many have them pegged to grab Penn State running back, Saquon Barkley at No. 2, though, Eli Manning certainly needs an heir apparent. Still, that leaves at least two of the top four quarterbacks available for the Jets at No. 3.
UCLA’s Josh Rosen seems the most likely pick for New York at No. 3. He’s the most natural passer in the draft and the type of passer that the franchise has traditionally gone after. He’s a technician and was extremely accurate in college. The downsides is that he tries to overextend plays and may be turnover prone because he a tendency to force the football.
New York Jets Super Bowl Odds
The Jets are a whopping 100/1 to win Super Bowl 53 if you’re looking at betting NFL futures. Of course, it’s highly unlikely they even make the playoffs, but with improved quarterback play and some more talent on offense – they could easily be a playoff team.
Aside from the Patriots, the division is quite weak. New York has had two 5-11 seasons in a row but has a strong secondary. Run defense is an area of need and the offense needs a few more weapons, but this team is going to get good in a hurry if they get a franchise quarterback. They already have many of the other pieces in place.