If a trade does happen on the first day of the 2017 NFL Draft, it could very well lead the New York Jets to a new quarterback while moving down in the first round.
There’s only one scenario in which drafting a quarterback early in the 2017 NFL Draft makes sense for the New York Jets. That’s if they complete the rumored deal with Cleveland.
According to Charlie Campbell of Walter Football, the Jets want the Browns’ 12th, 33rd and 108th overall picks for the No. 6 overall pick.
In order to move down, the Jets want the 33rd-overall pick (second round) and the selection at No. 108 (fourth round). Those are the first choices on the second and third days of the draft. Leading off those days of the draft, New York would have some highly coveted picks that could allow them to trade down again with a team that is desperate to land a player they didn’t think would make it to that spot.
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If the Jets can get the deal they want, they should draft a quarterback in their first three picks. They will have two of the first five picks in the second round, and it won’t be wasting a pick to select a quarterback at 12th, 33rd or 39th overall.
it would behoove the Jets, if they were to fall to them at No. 12, to take an offensive skill position player first, like O.J. Howard, Mike Williams or Christian McCaffrey. Then, they can take a quarterback with one of their second-round picks.
According to the experts at NFL.com, two to four quarterbacks will go in Round 1. That’s good for the Jets because then they can land the best quarterback in the draft, Nathan Peterman, early in the second round.
If they end up staying at No. 6 overall, it doesn’t make sense to take a quarterback early. However, if they can get multiple picks on Day 2, then it does.