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Making the case against Jets trading up yet again

By Luis Tirado Jr.
FLORHAM PARK, NJ - JANUARY 21: New York Jets General Manager Mike Maccagnan addresses the media during a press conference on January 21, 2015 in Florham Park, New Jersey. Maccagnan and Head Coach Todd Bowles were both introduced for the first time. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)
FLORHAM PARK, NJ - JANUARY 21: New York Jets General Manager Mike Maccagnan addresses the media during a press conference on January 21, 2015 in Florham Park, New Jersey. Maccagnan and Head Coach Todd Bowles were both introduced for the first time. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)
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The New York Jets already made a blockbuster trade earlier this offseason to move up from the No. 6 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft to No. 3. There is no need for them to trade up yet again.

At this point in time, the New York Jets have the No. 3 overall pick after making a blockbuster trade with the Indianapolis Colts to move up in the 2018 NFL Draft. The Jets swapped picks with the Colts and for it to happen, general manager Mike Maccagnan had to part ways with a lot of draft capital.

Just to move up three spots in the first round, Maccagnan had to part ways with two second-round picks in this year’s draft and the Jets second-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. Luckily, he was wise enough to keep the Jets first-round pick in next year’s draft but moving up yet again in this year’s draft will likely require parting ways with that too.

Obviously, Maccaganan is the kind of general manager that wants more draft picks, not part ways with them just to move up a spot or two. To do so would require a lot of draft picks and probably trading away an average to above average player to entice a trade to move up from the No. 3 overall spot.

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Could Bilal Powell be such a player that would be someone that the Cleveland Browns or New York Giants, the teams that own the No. 1 and No. 2 picks respectively, be interested in acquiring? Your guess is as good as mine but it’s just not something that would be in the interest for the Jets to do considering that sitting at No. 3, they can still get their future franchise quarterback.

No matter what scenario plays out, whether two quarterbacks are off the board by the time the Jets are on the clock or if only one is, there are four top quarterbacks in this year’s draft. At least two out of the Big 4 will be available for the Jets, whether it’s Baker Mayfield, Josh Allen, Sam Darnold, or Josh Rosen.

The Jets are in a great position to land one of these quarterbacks that can be groomed to hopefully have a bright and successful future under center. Trading up just a spot or two, while giving away more draft picks and/or players, just wouldn’t make sense for the Jets to do. Regardless of how in love they are with a certain quarterback that warrants making such a big trade to move up for.

Don’t expect the Jets to trade up yet again in this year’s draft since they’re already in a great position to land a top quarterback as is. Making any more trades to move up just wouldn’t make sense since they still have more areas of need to address this offseason. With just six picks in their arsenal heading into this year’s draft, they can’t afford to part ways with a single one since it might hold them back as they continue to rebuild the right way.

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