The New York Jets have a lot of tough decisions ahead when it comes to what position to address with their first-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. Here’s what pick they currently have and what they might do with it.
At this point in time, the New York Jets currently own the No. 6 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. They ended the 2017 regular season at 5-11 and once again another year without a playoff berth. Hopefully, with their top-ten draft pick, they can either use it to address a major area of need or package it to trade up and go for a guaranteed stud based on general manager Mike Maccagnan’s draft board.
More likely than not, even if the Jets do stay put at No. 6, expect them to use it on the best player available for the most important position on the team. That’s right ladies and gentlemen, the Jets, even if they bring in a top quarterback via free agency, should still double down and draft another top quarterback.
For a team that hasn’t had an established franchise quarterback in what seems like forever, it’s imperative they keep adding more options at the position until they eventually find one. They might get lucky and acquire a free agent quarterback that can play extremely well for the next three to five years as they develop a future franchise quarterback that can do it for a decade or so.
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That way, the Jets would not only have that position accounted for next season and beyond, they can use that veteran free agent quarterback to develop and hone the craft of a newly drafted quarterback and develop them the right way. This would ideally be the best situation the Jets could put themselves in considering they’re still a few years away until all the pieces fall into place.
Rebuilding easily takes about three, maybe even four years to set a high-quality foundation that can bring consistent success and progression for a very long time. Once the Jets get there, they’ll not only be a playoff-contending team but also one that can go the distance since they’ll have the talent on offense, defense, and special teams to get the job done.
Overall, it will be very interesting to see what Maccagnan does in this year’s draft. He could finally be the general manager that fixes this quarterback situation of the Jets once and for all.