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Mike Maccagnan would entertain trading up in draft order

By Luis Tirado Jr.
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 03: Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield looks on during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 3, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 03: Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield looks on during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 3, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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General manager Mike Maccagnan has been vocal about how aggressive the New York Jets will be this offseason. He has even said he would potentially move up if it means getting a player that is ready to make an immediate impact via the 2018 NFL Draft.

The New York Jets are ready to make some serious moves this offseason. Expect them to be very active in free agency and as of late, have considered moving up in the 2018 NFL Draft if it means landing an athlete they know can be a future franchise player.

Of course, that all depends on whether or not the Jets are able to land Kirk Cousins or any top notch free agent quarterback at that. Depending on what the Jets do in free agency will undoubtedly alter their first-round plans in this year’s draft.

If the Jets miss out on any top free agent quarterback, then it would make sense for them to trade up in the draft order. That’s only if they are 100 percent certain that a particular player is worth betting a whole lot on in order to draft them into the organization. Ideally, that only makes sense in the grand scheme of things if it’s a franchise quarterback that is ready to start come Week 1 of the regular season.

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In an article written by Darryl Slater of NJ.com, here’s what Maccagnan said about considering trading up if it needs to be done:

“We would have no qualms about potentially moving up,” Maccagnan said Wednesday at the NFL Scouting Combine. “We would have no qualms about sitting where we are and taking a player. We would have no issue with potentially moving back. We’re definitely looking to be active in the draft.”

At the end of the day, Maccagnan needs to do what is right for the Jets to finally address their quarterback situation once and for all. If that means going all in on Cousins, so be it. If it also means the Jets don’t land a solid quarterback via free agency and have to trade up in order to draft one, it must be done. Either way, Maccagnan is ready to do whatever it takes to ensure the Jets do what is needed to be successful once this year’s NFL Draft is officially in the books.

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