The Jets have moved to No. 3 not to be at No. 3 but to get player No. 1 on their board. So who is it
The prevailing reaction in response to the news of the three-spot jump seems to be that the Jets want a quarterback, and that they’re fine with any of three that would be there when they pick. It may not be quite that simple.
The Jets surprised most with a 5-11 record last season. New York may not have reached the point where it can compete with the New England Patriots for an AFC East crown, but the franchise has the potential to finish second in the division, especially after its recent additions.
Ereck Flowers is no longer the New York Giants’ left tackle. This fact alone makes New York’s offseason a success.
Flowers has been a severe disappointment since former general manager Jerry Reese selected the offensive tackle with the ninth overall pick in 2015. Dave Gettleman rectified this mistake with his first major free-agent acquisition since taking general manager duties.
The Giants made left tackle Nate Solder the NFL’s highest-paid offensive lineman on an annual basis to take over Eli Manning’s blind side.
“Nate has been a quality left tackle in this league since the day he entered,” Gettleman said, per Michael Eisen of the team’s official site. “He’s physically matured and he’s become as good a run blocker as he is a pass blocker. We’re just very, very pleased that he wanted to come here…. Every decision that comes out of the GM’s office sends a message and I think this is a very strong statement.”
The move up cost the Jets three second-round picks — 37th and 49th overall this year (both of the Jets’ Round 2 selections) and their second-round selection in 2019.
The Jets had an extra second-round pick this year because of the Sheldon Richardson/Jermaine Kearse trade they pulled off with Seattle before last season.
The best quarterbacks in this draft are regarded (in some order) as USC’s Sam Darnold, UCLA’s Josh Rosen, Wyoming’s Josh Allen, and Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield. Now, the Jets know that at least two of them will be available at No. 3.
The start of free agency hasn’t been as kind to the rest of the division.?