The same old Jets. The goddamn Jets. Jets gonna Jet. Any of these phrases sound familiar? If they do, then congratulations! You’re a football fan.
The New York Jets are a franchise with minimal luck in their long history. Everything that team does always seems to backfire, and every combination of personnel they try never seems to work out. While they’ve hard marginal successes since winning the Super Bowl in 1969, they have been few and far in between. As many fans and analysts would simply put it, they are cursed.
The biggest problem for the Jets has been finding that elusive franchise quarterback that will lead them to success for the next decade. They are hoping that their search will finally come to an end this year as they look towards the 2018 NFL Draft, which is loaded with quarterback talent, such as Josh Allen, Josh Rosen, Sam Darnold, Baker Mayfield, and Lamar Jackson.
The Jets will likely select one of the five aforementioned names in the draft next month, and they made a huge trade with the Indianapolis Colts to ensure that they get one. The Jets have agreed to send their 2018 first round pick (6th overall), 2018 second round picks (37th and 49th overall), and their 2019 second round pick to the Colts for the third overall selection in the NFL Draft. While it may seem like a steep price to pay, the Jets ultimately made the right move.
As indicated above, this draft class is loaded with QB talent, and has been touted as one of the most anticipated QB classes in recent draft history. Every team that needs a QB would love to select one of these kids, and they would gladly attempt to trade up for one. The Jets, who were sitting at 6th overall before the trade, were in danger of being leapfrogged by other teams and missing their chance to get any of the top QB prospects. This trade was necessary.
While it is true that the Jets may not get the number one QB on their draft board picking third overall, they are now guaranteed to get one of them. They just need to be 100% sure that the one they select is the guy they believe can become the franchise QB they so desperately need. If he does, then the price they paid is more than worth it, because no price is too steep if you end up with a superstar QB.
This trade may seem idiotic to some right now, but I guarantee you it is not the worst trade in draft history (RG3, Ricky Williams, etc.). While the Jets have minimal luck when it comes to drafting, it doesn’t automatically mean that the QB they take will be a bust. I know it’s the goddamn Jets, but you might want to wait and see what happens with this QB before you call them a laughing stock.
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