The Jets are having a hard time getting Ryan Fitzpatrick to re-sign with the team and are thought to be in the market for a QB in the 2016 NFL Draft. It turns out that New York made a serious play for the #1 pick before Tennessee traded it away last week to the Rams.
The terms of the trade aren’t exactly known but it’s thought that Jets’s GM Mike Maccagnan was looking to deal defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson to the Titans along with their first round pick and other selections. Wilkerson had 12 sacks last season but is coming off a broken leg he sustained in week 17 against the Bills. He’s a Pro Bowler but after an injury like that he does raise some red flags.
To get from #20 in the first round all the way up to #1 would’ve been difficult to do even with Wilkerson. Los Angeles gave up their first round pick #15, two second round picks #43 and #45, a third round selection #76 and next year’s first round pick and a third in 2017 too. Tennessee did kick back a fourth and sixth round pick in this year’s draft to even things out. By picking at #20 the Jets would’ve had to give up their first two picks, Wilkerson and a first rounder in 2017 at the very least. The Titans have a lot of holes and really benefit from having three third round selections in 2016.
If New York still wants to go after a QB it’s not likely they will be able to get to the top two this year, even though the Browns are rumored to be wanting out of their pick. The Jets still have a shot at Paxton Lynch and are in range of getting him at #20. The Memphis QB is projected to go anywhere from 15-31 in most mock drafts. The biggest problem with the Jets drafting him is that the Bills are picking at #19 right before them. Buffalo is in the market for a QB and you know Rex Ryan would love to upset his old team by taking the best available QB on the board just before New York picks. The Jets could still work out a trade with Tennessee and jump up to #15 and grab Lynch. Jumping five spots in the middle of the first round is a lot easier to do compared to trying to get the first pick from #20.
In addition to the Jets, the Eagles also made a play for the #1 pick before the Titans dealt it to the Rams. Philly is picking at #8 but didn’t have a second round pick to bundle into an offer like Los Angeles did, who had two.