Published: Tue, March 20, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Grading blockbuster trade between New York Jets and Indianapolis Colts

Grading blockbuster trade between New York Jets and Indianapolis Colts

The Cleveland Browns hold the first and fourth overall picks and the New York Giants have the second selection in the 2018 NFL Draft, which will be held on April 26-28 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

Movement in the top of the draft order from over the weekend has ramped up the bidding in a first-round that could see five quarterbacks taken in the top five, assuming the Browns take a signal caller with the first pick, and then trade down out of the fourth spot. The deal nets Indianapolis the No. 6 selection and three second-round picks (two in 2018 and one in 2019). That means a guy like Quinton Nelson, who NY probably would have taken, could fall all the way to No. 6 and the Colts, who most definitely will turn in a card with his name on it.

Gang Green on Saturday traded with the Colts to move up to No. 3 overall in the first round of next month's draft, the team announced on Twitter.

Second, although this is so obvious it barely needs to be said, Jets fans can now be certain that their team will be drafting a quarterback in the first round. They drop only three spots, keeping them in position to still land one of the players they likely would have taken at No. 3, such as North Carolina State defensive end Bradley Chubb or Notre Dame guard Quenton Nelson.

First, you have to look at the team with the top pick, the Browns.

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While they signed Teddy Bridgewater and brought back Josh McCown, both quarterbacks will be on one-year deals.

Saquon Barkley - The Jets struggled mightily on the offensive side of the ball last season and desperately need to add some weapons.

The Bills got McCarron on a two-year, $10 million deal.

The other option for the Giants would be to trade back with one of multiple teams coveting a franchise quarterback in this draft.

With the Jets - Colts trade locking in Cleveland taking a quarterback at No. 1, the trade also hurts the Giants. The former No. 6 overall pick in 2013 has just nine career sacks and 104 tackles during stints with the Cleveland Browns, New England Patriots and Indianapolis Colts.

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Chubb has always been one of my favorite players in this class and would form a formidable one-two pass rushing punch alongside last year's top overall pick, Myles Garrett. It also makes it more hard for other teams to trade up in front of them to grab a player they might be interested in.

This doesn't mean the Broncos will move up, but they are among the teams most seriously considering it. The Jets and Colts engaged in a blockbuster deal on Saturday morning, with NY moving up to the number three pick in the draft. In fact. the only given of this draft remains that the Jets will draft a quarterback.

Sit tight with the sixth pick and pray one of the top four quarterbacks falls in his lap - a quarterback he actually believes in - or be proactive and jump for one he really likes. They now own five of the first 67 picks, including three second-rounders.

"We looked in free agency and we just didn't feel that we were at a point to where we wanted to add some of the guys at the price that they were at", Ballard said.

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