The latest edition of the Jets Mailbag explores the wisdom of trading down, realistic trade partners, positions of concern, which AFC East team improved the most this offseason and much more.
Other than center, is there a position that concerns you as the Jets head into the draft? — @TalkJetsRadio
The team’s lack of a difference-making edge rusher has been discussed ad nauseum. My understanding is that the Jets believe cornerback is a greater area of need than offensive line. That being said, there are some quality center prospects in the draft that the Jets might be able to pluck, with one of their two third-round picks.
Gang Green could also use a big target at wide receiver. Keep an eye on that.
Trade down or take Josh Allen with the 3rd pick? — @GangGreenUK
If the deal is right, this is an easy one for me: Move down and acquire more draft capital. Only the Seahawks and Bears have fewer picks than the Jets’ six selections. Gang Green has no second-rounder (thank to deal with the Colts last year) and only two picks in the Top 92. That isn’t going to cut it for a team that still needs to upgrade their roster (for starting jobs and depth) in plenty of areas.
There’s little denying that Allen would be a solid choice, but the Jets, frankly, would be better off sliding down, grabbing a starting-caliber player AND additional premium picks. Mike Maccagnan would hit a home run if he could land another team’s 2020 first-round pick in the process. Regardless, the Jets need more swings at the plate in the first three rounds in 2019 and 2020 if they truly want to “Take Flight,” as they hope.
Quinnen Williams or Josh Allen with the 3rd pick? — @BigOliveri
Mike Maccagnan has made it clear that he prefers to trade down and acquire more picks. If he can’t find a deal that makes sense and is “stuck” at No. 3, he’ll walk away with an impact player. I believe that Williams is the better player, but the Jets have a greater need at Allen’s position (edge rusher).
Here’s something else to consider: I predicted Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray to the Cardinals with the No. 1 pick in my first mock draft, but I would not be the least bit surprised if Arizona selects Williams…. if they can’t get quarterback thirsty Raiders coach Jon Gruden to trade up for Murray.
Which teams are (realistic) potential trade partners for the Jets to trade down from No. 3? — @ganggreen82
You’d have to believe that any team willing to give up premium draft capital to move up to No. 3 would be in the market for a quarterback. Well, the Giants, Jaguars, Broncos, Bengals and Washington are five teams in the top half of the draft that don’t have long-term solutions at signal caller. I wouldn’t be surprised if Denver (No. 10), Cincinnati (No. 11) and Washington (No. 15) seriously explored moving up if they fall in love with a quarterback. The Jets are keeping their fingers crossed that it happens.
There’s also this wrinkle: Would a team be willing to inch up to No. 3 if Quinnen Williams were still on the board?
Why should the fans trust a front office that hasn’t proven itself with picks outside of the Top 5 to trade the No. 3 pick for “more assets”? – @stevenwoj
If you’re afraid, get a dog. Maccagnan needs to do what he believes will set the team up for sustained success. The bottom line is that the Jets need more premium-round picks to improve the roster. The roster is indeed better than its been. It’s actually not bad – some might even say decent – but you need a few more pieces to climb into legitimate playoff contender status.
Who do you think improved the most in the AFC East offseason so far? The Jets had the headlines, but Buffalo wasn’t exactly sitting on the sidelines. — @walterwevans
With all due respect to the Bills, this a no-brainer. The Jets absolutely improved the most in the division this offseason.
I loved Buffalo’s decision to sign center Mitch Morse. Truth be told, the Jets should have been more aggressive in their pursuit of him. Speedy wideout John Brown was a sneaky good addition too, but those guys can’t hold a candle to what Maccagnan did by adding three players with multiple Pro Bowls on their resume (Le’Veon Bell, C.J. Mosley and Keleche Osemele). The Jets even added the better free-agent slot receiver (Jamison Crowder over Cole Beasley).
Think about it this way: When you throw all the additions from both teams together and rank them, you can make a solid case that the Jets have four of the Top 5 players.
Oh, and ask yourselves this, Jets fans: Does a 70-year-old Frank Gore scare you? (He’ll actually “only” turn 36 this summer, but you get the point).
Do you see the loss of Josh McCown as a possible detriment to the development of Sam Darnold… even with ‘QB whisperer’ Gase as the new HC — @ccallahan724
That’s a fair question since McCown left an indelible mark on Darnold last year. There’s no substitute for a selfless veteran quarterback helping a rookie thrown into the fire, especially in this market. Darnold learned so much from McCown, including little things about being a pro that he’ll carry with him for the rest of his career. I remember Darnold relaying all the lessons learned from watching McCown in practice while he was out with a foot injury. Things like controlling practice tempo and picking up teammates.