Head coach Todd Bowles threw out a pretty big smokescreen in regards to what the New York Jets plan to do with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. Here’s a breakdown of why it is what it is.
When head coach Todd Bowles spoke at the annual NFL Meetings in Orlando, he made a particular comment about the New York Jets that stuck out like a sore thumb. It was the kind of comment that many interpreted in two very distinct ways as teams across the league prepare for the 2018 NFL Draft.
Some believe this was just a smokescreen sent out by a head coach that didn’t want people to get an idea of what is being planned in their draft war room. Others believe it was yet another instance to add to that famous “same old Jets” mantra that has plagued the franchise for decades now.
What did Bowles say to stir the pot around the Jets and their eventual strategy of what to do with the No. 3 overall pick in this year’s draft? Well, here’s a look to get an idea of what Bowles was quoted when asked what the Jets strategy is as they get ready for the draft.
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In an article written by Rich Cimini of ESPN, here is what Bowles said about this topic:
“We have about six or seven of them on our list that we kind of like,” he said. “We have a good idea who will be there. As we get closer to the draft, we’ll zero in and try to narrow it down a little bit.”
Huh? Yeah, that’s what a plethora of Jets fans probably screamed out when they heard what Bowles said to the football world.
In all honesty, Bowles was easily throwing a smokescreen since what he said wouldn’t make sense as to why the Jets even wasted their time trading up in the first place. If the Jets realistically had “six or seven” players on their draft board, there would be no reason for them to have done that blockbuster trade with the Indianapolis Colts to move up.
They did that for one reason and one reason alone, drafting their next franchise quarterback. While the Jets probably have one or two quarterbacks in mind, make no mistake about it, they traded up for one of their two preferred players at the most important position on the team.
Nobody knows exactly who is on the Jets draft board except obviously general manager Mike Maccagnan and his scouting team. The comments made by Bowles are likely just done to ensure to keep everyone guessing. In the grand scheme of things, everyone clearly knows the Jets made the big moves that they did to move up to the No. 3 overall spot for a future quarterback. No matter what Bowles said, everyone knows the reality of the Jets situation heading into this year’s draft.