Numerous 2018 NFL mock drafts throughout the recent weeks and months have projected that reigning Heisman winner and former Oklahoma Sooners star gunslinger Baker Mayfield will be selected by the New York Jets.
The Jets, which previously owned the No. 6 pick in the draft, just made a move that may have been done in hopes of assuring Mayfield does don green and white next season.
According to a report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Jets have traded their 6th overall pick, along with their 37th overall pick and 49th overall pick, as well as a 2019 second-round pick, in exchange for the Indianapolis Colts’ No. 3 overall pick.
Huge trade: Jets acquired No. 3 overall pick from Colts for No. 6 overall pick, 37th overall pick, 49th overall pick and our 2019 2nd round pick.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 17, 2018
“The fact that the Jets are willing to trade three second-round picks to get up to No. 3 overall tells you that they want a quarterback,” Schefter said during a SportsCenter segment.
Of course, Mayfield is far from the only high-level quarterback prospect projected to be drafted in the first round, as USC’s Sam Darnold, UCLA’s Josh Rosen and Wyoming’s Josh Allen are names frequently mentioned as potential top three picks.
With the Jets’ latest move now serving as a sign that the franchise won’t wait to see which quarterback falls to No. 6, the question going forward is does New York like Mayfield enough to take him with the No. 3 overall pick, or was that move a proactive play to secure another top quarterback?
This story will be updated.
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