Adam Schefter just reported that the New York Jets have traded up from the 6th pick in the NFL Draft to the 3rd pick overall. The cost is as follows: the Jets swapped firsts, traded both of their seconds, and a second round pick last year. The third pick is worth 2200 points, with the 6th pick being worth 1600 points. That means the Jets, per the value chart, had to make up 600 points. Pick 37 was only worth 530 points, so they needed another 70 points. They threw in their other second, which was worth 410 points. Per the value chart, the Jets actually overpaid. However, they knew they needed to get up to the top 3 in order to have a legitimate shot at the player this franchise so desperately needs.
The move is not for Saquon Barkley or Bradley Chubb, and they certainly did not make this move to draft Josh Allen. It is safe to say that they made this move for either Josh Rosen (the best QB in this class) or Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield. The Jets have done a very good job of pivoting from the disappointment of not even getting a meeting with Kirk Cousins to adding two veteran options and then trading up to now presumably get their franchise QB. If you follow me on Twitter, you’d know that this was what I said they’d do after they signed Teddy Bridgewater and Josh McCown. It is a repeat of the Philadelphia Eagles blueprint, where they signed Sam Bradford and Chase Daniel and then traded up for Carson Wentz.
Mike Maccagnan rightfully gets a lot of flack for some of his misses, and a lot of people will scoff at the price to go up to 3: some have already argued that it shouldn’t have taken both of your second round picks. However, the cost to go get QBs is always steep AND this is the price the Jets had to pay after foolishly not tanking the season (in reality, the tank was over after they drafted Jamal Adams because Adams was not going to let them lose enough games to pick first). Also, Mike Maccagnan deserves credit for realizing he did not have a franchise QB in his QB room after taking two projects in Christian Hackenburg and Bryce Petty. He deserves credit for attempting to rectify that instead of just standing pat at 6 and hoping a QB falls to him. Maccagnan also deserves credit for turning Sheldon Richardson into a starting WR and a franchise QB.
If I’m the Jets, the pick is Josh Rosen. He’s been my QB1 for over a year, and I haven’t budged off that. Rosen is a natural thrower with incredible accuracy and a damn good arm. Rosen is smart, has the personality to thrive in New York, and I absolutely respect his ability to stand tall in the pocket and deliver strikes all over the field. Rosen can start from day one, and he fits what I think Jeremy Bates will run on offense. With Quincy Enunwa, Robby Anderson, and Jermaine Kearse the Jets have a trio of WRs that produced with worse QB play. The Jets made a right move. Now they need to draft Josh Rosen, the right player.
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