The move not only allows the Jets to finally find a franchise quarterback, but for the Colts to still find a bluechip prospect in the draft. By moving up to three, general manager Mike Maccagnan parted ways with No. 6, as well as No. 37 and 49, both of the team's second round picks. The Jets gave up a ton to just move up three spots. By DENNIS WASZAK Jr.
The New York Jets are making waves in the NFL Draft and it is still more than a month away.
Though the team offered no official statement on the move, it's believed Hankins was seen as an uneven fit in new defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus' speed-based scheme. It's worth noting that Maccagnan left the Jets' free-agency war room in recent days to attend the Rosen and Mayfield pro days.
The move comes after NY kicked off free agency with a furious frenzy. Now, the ball is in New York's court.
Now it appears as though either Rosen, Darnold or Allen will be the final addition to the Jets' quarterback room for 2018. This franchise, in a perpetual search for the next Joe Namath, needed something long-term. Winning football games is important for the Jets. While there's truly no such thing as a sure thing, to take a quarterback in the top 10 based on upside and potential is ludicrous. Now, the Jets know that at least two of them will be available at No. 3. That is the biggest x-factor in this: what the New York Giants do. Of course, the Colts also have to do something with the picks. If so, the Colts would have added picks while grabbing the draft's top edge rusher.
Overall, this seems like a win for the Colts.
The Colts had done very little in free agency - until Saturday. He also threw in the team's 2019 2nd round pick. Indianapolis still might be able to land the promising pass rusher at No. 6, especially if three or more quarterbacks are taken in the first five spots.