NEW YORK — The New York Jets shook up the NFL draft on Saturday by hovering three spots to No. Three general in a surprising swap with the Indianapolis Colts.
The Jets acquired the third choose in a certain signal that they intend to get one of many high quarterbacks obtainable. They despatched the Colts their first-rounder — No. 6 general — together with two second-rounders this 12 months and a second-rounder subsequent 12 months to finish the large deal.
After dropping out to Minnesota within the Kirk Cousins sweepstakes firstly of free company, New York re-signed veteran Josh McCown and agreed to phrases with Teddy Bridgewater, each on one-year offers. Nevertheless it was believed the Jets would nonetheless concentrate on discovering a quarterback of the long run with their first-round choose.
By shifting as much as No. 3, New York assures itself of getting one of many top-rated quarterbacks obtainable. USC’s Sam Darnold, UCLA’s Josh Rosen, Wyoming’s Josh Allen and Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield are all thought of potential top-five picks.
Normal supervisor Mike Maccagnan has been zeroing in on the highest QBs up shut, attending the professional days of each Mayfield and Rosen. He additionally plans to attend the professional days for Darnold and Allen.
For the Colts, they now have 9 picks general and look like in a rebuilding part after going 4-12 and lacking the playoffs for the third straight 12 months. Getting additional picks from the Jets will certainly assist, giving Indianapolis 4 picks within the high 50 on this 12 months’s draft.
Questions nonetheless encompass the standing of quarterback Andrew Luck’s surgically repaired proper shoulder, main rusher Frank Gore is a free agent and Indianapolis nonetheless wants to repair a leaky offensive line. The Colts want enhancements on defence after ending 30th general and 31st in sacks.
The Colts had additionally executed little or no in free company — till Saturday. They signed backup defensive finish Denico Autry from Oakland and have already got misplaced two different key gamers: receiver Donte Moncrief, an occasional starter, and rising cornerback Rashaan Melvin.
AP Sports activities Author Michael Marot in Indianapolis contributed to this report.