Published: Sun, March 18, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

Trade with Jets helps bolster Colts' rebuilding process

Trade with Jets helps bolster Colts' rebuilding process

Quarterbacks always get pulled up by a run at the top of the draft and this year will be no different. And let us not forget about the "once in a generation" talent, running back Saquon Barkley. The Jets have had 30 starting quarterbacks since Broadway Joe's last game for them in 1976.

Indeed, the board certainly appears to be setting up for quarterbacks to be selected with at least the first three picks, something we haven't seen since 1999 (Tim Couch, Donovan McNabb and Akili Smith) and has happened only twice in the modern era (1971, when Jim Plunkett, Archie Manning and Dan Pastorini led off).

Now, the New York Jets have entered themselves into the discussion.

The New York Jets, signaling they may have locked in on their quarterback of the future, jumped from No. 6 overall in the 2018 to No. 3 overall after making a trade with the Indianapolis Colts today. They sent the Colts their first-rounder - No. 6 overall - along with two second-rounders this year and a second-rounder next year to complete the massive deal.

Whether or not this makes sense after signing Teddy Bridgewater is a discussion for another day.

NY has been busy getting quarterbacks this off-season.

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With this deal, NY has a chance to find its new face of the franchise.

And it should be Sam Darnold.

This leaves no doubt that the Jets are going after an elite quarterback.

While Baker Mayfield, Josh Allen, and Lamar Jackson could all succeed in the right system, that system is not in Cleveland.

Hankins played just a single season in Indianapolis despite signing a three-year, $27 million deal with the team last offseason. The Browns had the safety blanket of potentially taking a quarterback they wanted with the fourth pick. What if the top four are gone and they're left in the cold?

Even if two quarterbacks were selected ahead of the Jets (maybe with a team trading into the two spots in front of them), however, the Jets should be able to get a signal-caller they're happy with.

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