Jets acquire 3rd pick in Draft from Colts

New York reportedly called Browns, deal forces Cleveland to take QB at 1

Daryl Ruiter
March 17, 2018 - 11:09 am
Mike Maccagnan, Jets general manager

Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports


Cleveland, OH (92.3 The Fan) - If there was any doubt that the Cleveland Browns had to take a quarterback with the No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft, it was wiped out Saturday morning thanks to a trade that took the league by storm.

The New York Jets acquired the third overall pick from the Indianapolis Colts for the No. 6 pick and three second-round selections - Nos. 37, 49 and a 2019 second-rounder the teams announced. 

The move, which came after New York called the Browns about the No. 1 pick according to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, positions the Jets to select one of the top four quarterbacks in this year's class and forces the Browns to pick the best QB at 1.

Browns general manager John Dorsey said he was open for business at the NFL Combine and on Thursday urged teams to "call my phone," and it appears it is already ringing.

Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield, Wyoming's Josh Allen, UCLA's Josh Rosen and USC's Sam Darnold are all in the conversation to be taken first overall by Cleveland and the four are coveted by other teams in need of their next young quarterback.

While all four quarterbacks have questions about them - Mayfield: maturity and size, Allen: accuracy, Rosen: desire and Darnold: youth - the Browns, who will start their 29th different quarterback since 1999 this coming season with Tyrod Taylor, should feel good that other teams value this class enough to jockey for position around them.

That is a great sign.

As of now the top-five of the draft looks like this: Browns, New York Giants, New York Jets, Browns and Denver, but come the evening of April 26 we could see another shakeup.

What the Giants will do with the second overall pick remains a mystery, but it is anticipated that they will either select a quarterback to be the heir apparent to Eli Manning or they will pick Penn State running back Saquon Barkley.

Should the Giants take a quarterback second, the Browns will be assured of having their pick of the best position players available at No. 4 - Barkley, Alabama corner Mikah Fitzpatrick, NC State defensive end Bradley Chubb or Ohio State corner Denzel Ward providing Dorsey with the flexibility to also trade out of the pick because Denver, who currently sits at fifth, appears intent on selecting the QB that remains on the board.

That means anyone wanting any of the top four quarterbacks will need to get in front of the Broncos by calling Dorsey.

The Buffalo Bills, who own the Nos. 12 and 22 overall picks in the first round this year, are also desperate for a young quarterback after trading Tyrod Taylor to the Browns and signing AJ McCarron to a two-year contract. 

Considering the blue chip talent that will be available at four, sliding all the way back to 12 just to pick up another first-rounder this year in addition to other picks would not be smart. Then again, Dorsey would have the ammunition to trade back up into the top 10, but there isn't a guarantee he'll find a willing partner between Indianapolis, Tampa Bay, Chicago, San Francisco and Oakland, who own picks six through 10 respectively. 

Following years of trading down - see the Julio Jones trade in 2011, the Sammy Watkins trade in 2014 and the Carson Wentz trade in 2016, Dorsey is probably better off staying at four and just picking a second impact player for a franchise desperate to find its footing after nearly two decades of losing, last place finishes and blown first-round picks.