The trade drama continues in the NFL! The Jets and Colts engaged in a blockbuster deal on Saturday morning, with New York moving up to the number three pick in the draft.
In return, the Colts received the Jets sixth overall selection, two 2018 second round picks (37 & 49), and a 2019 second rounder.
The Jets announced the move via Twitter:
The move up puts them in prime position to select one of the draft's top quarterbacks, but they have given up a lot to ascend just three spots! Still, GM Mike Maccagnan presumably wanted to get ahead of the Browns at number four and Broncos at five to ensure they can select the quarterback they like.
Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen, Josh Allen and Baker Mayfield are the consensus top four signal callers available, and the Jets will now have the choice of at least two of the promising talents.
After missing out on Kirk Cousins, Maccagnan added former Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater on a one-year deal, and resigned Josh McCown. But, Bridgewater carries a whole lot of uncertainty regarding his injury comeback and McCown is clearly not a long term solution.
So moving up to snag a young talent that can potentially sit and learn for a year behind two solid veterans may well look like a stellar move down the line.
By moving up it also forces the hand of the Browns, who could previously have wait until number four to get the QB of their choice. However, with both New York franchises being potentially quarterback needy at numbers two and three, John Dorsey may have to go QB at number one and hope that the Giants don't take Saquon Barkley with the second overall pick.
As for the other team involved, the Colts seemed pretty happy with the haul of picks they received...
For Indy, the move appears to be a shrewd one, as the player they likely would've gone for at number three should still be there at six. With the first three picks looking likely to be quarterbacks, the Colts will stave have a chance to get a premier player after the Browns and Broncos select fourth and fifth.
Those two teams have very different needs to the Colts too, so they could well snag Bradley Chubb or Quenton Nelson sixth overall, both of whom would fill a huge hole on the roster.
The deal also hands Chris Ballard quite the collection of picks. They now own four top 50 selections, and the Colts GM was upbeat about the chance to load up his roster with young talent:
"We feel like at six we could still acquire a premium player," Ballard said. "Plus, being able to pick up the two twos this year and the two next year that gives us four picks this year in the top 50 picks of the draft and then three picks next year, one in the first and two in the second. So, it gives us a chance to really replenish our young talent and start building a core of young talent that we need to do."
After a quiet free agency, Indy needs to stock up on talented players, and it wouldn't be a surprise if they moved back again in the coming weeks.
The Bills own two first round picks (12 and 22) and are looking for a future franchise QB, so don't be shocked if these two teams engage in some kind of a deal before the Colts are on the clock on April 26.
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