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Jets Trade Three Second-Round Picks to Colts for No. 3 Pick - This Is Sports Zone

The New York Jets shook up the top of the NFL draft on Saturday morning, completing a blockbuster trade with the Indianapolis Colts that will put them in better position to select a potential franchise quarterback. The Jets moved up three spots to No. 3, while sending the No. 6 overall pick, two second-round choices this year (Nos. 37 and 49) and their second-rounder in 2019 to the Colts. The NFL draft takes place April 26-28 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. After failing to land free-agent quarterback Kirk Cousins, the Jets turned to Plan B. They re-signed Josh McCown and signed Teddy Bridgewater, then immediately focused on trying to trade up.

In recent days, general manager Mike Maccagnan has attended the pro days of Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield and UCLA’s Josh Rosen. He’s also planning to attend the pro days of Wyoming’s Josh Allen and Southern California’s Sam Darnold. According to ESPN Stats & Information, it is the fourth time that the Jets have traded up to acquire a top-10 draft pick. The last time was in 2009, when the Jets acquired the No. 5 pick and drafted quarterback Mark Sanchez — who was also the last offensive player selected in the first round by New York.

The trade makes sense for the Colts because it will allow them to add depth to their talent-thin roster. Indianapolis now has have nine picks overall in this year’s draft — including four in the top 50 — after going 4-12 and missing the playoffs for the third straight year. It is the third consecutive year that one of the top three overall picks in the NFL draft has been traded.

For the Colts, there is no downside. Even if Andrew Luck isn’t healthy, they still have a quality starter in Jacoby Brissett, and they are now further able to add talent them at every position group. For the Jets, it’s an ultimate risk. While they have talent on defense and have done well in free agency, they are far from one player away from a sustained winner. If they hit on a quarterback, then there is no problem. But by trading to the third pick, they are banking on whoever them deem to be “their guy” getting past both the Cleveland Browns and the New York Giants, both of whom are fully capable of taking a quarterback themselves.

Plus, by trading early, they are allowing other QB-needy teams plenty of time to gage whether or not they are able to pay the price for trading up to nab their future signal caller. The Bills for instance, have two firt round draft picks themselves, and the desire to move up to take a quarterback. If they are willing to pay a premium and trade with the Giants, the Jets may get only the third best quarterback available, which might not be enough to justify giving away picks that could have filled other needs.

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