The New York Jets made a blockbuster trade this offseason to move from the No. 6 spot to No. 3 in the 2018 NFL Draft. It was done with the only intention of selecting a future franchise quarterback.
When the 2018 NFL Draft is upon the football world, no one can ever predict what will ultimately transpire. At least for what we do know is that the New York Jets mean business this offseason. They made a blockbuster trade to go from the No. 6 overall pick to No. 3 with one goal in mind. That goal being drafting their future franchise quarterback.
But what happens if a player that nobody expected to fall a bit is still there for the taking? There is no questioning the impact defensive end Bradley Chubb has made throughout his collegiate career. In four years at North Carolina State, Chubb was a force to reckon with.
Chubb ended his collegiate career with 198 tackles, 25 sacks, and six forced fumbles. To have a defensive end to partner up with defensive end Leonard Williams would be a great sight to see but in the grand scheme of things, the Jets have a greater need on the team and that is at quarterback.
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There is a big reason why the quarterback position is the most important on any football team. They’re usually the face of the franchise and the biggest impact player on the team that can turn them from pretenders to contenders. It’s been decades since the Jets had a high-quality and consistently successful quarterback under center and they’re making strides to at least be in play to draft one this year for the future.
Ideally, there is a big chance that the two teams selecting before the Jets are on the clock, the Cleveland Browns, and New York Giants, respectively, might end up taking two players of the Big 4 at quarterback. Playing devil’s advocate for a moment, let’s say the Browns select Sam Darnold and the Giants take Josh Rosen, Chubb would obviously be there for the taking but under no circumstances should the Jets even consider selecting him before their next quarterback on the draft board.
Yes, Chubb would easily bring a much-needed presence to the Jets defense to have a key impact player to bolster their pass rush. But again, there is no position that is greater to address than quarterback for the Jets, especially with the No. 3 overall pick in this year’s draft.
Anything other than a quarterback for the Jets at this pristine spot would cause chaos and havoc for the Jets and could be a move that turns off a lot of fans who would undoubtedly be looking for a new team to root for. Hopefully, general manager Mike Maccagnan knows that his decision in this year’s draft with the No. 3 overall pick is of grave importance for not only the Jets franchise but likely if he’ll keep his job past this year.
It’s quarterback or nothing for the Jets. Regardless of what players are still available for the taking when the Jets are ready to change their franchise forever, it should come down to their future player under center.