The New York Jets are inching closer to landing a franchise quarterback, as the team made a monster trade with the Indianapolis Colts to land the third-overall pick in this year's draft.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport broke the news:
With this trade, the Jets will almost certainly take a quarterback. The top prospects in this year's draft are Josh Allen, Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen and Baker Mayfield. The Cleveland Browns own the first pick, and the New York Giants hold the second.
Despite re-signing Josh McCown to a one-year contract while also picking up former Minnesota Vikings starter Teddy Bridgewater in free agency, Gang Green clearly feels their long-term answer is in this year's draft. Hence, they sacrificed a bunch to move up.
This trade also works out nicely for the Colts, who only move down three spots while securing a trio of second-round picks. Locked in with franchise quarterback Andrew Luck, there was no way the Colts were going to take one of this year's top signal-callers.
GM Chris Ballard now has a ton of draft picks to fill out this team's weaknesses, which range from defense to the offensive line to the ground game.
The Jets haven't made the playoffs since 2010, as they've struggled to find a true No. 1 quarterback. Mark Sanchez, Geno Smith, Ryan Fitzpatrick and Bryce Petty have all gotten reps, but none have panned out. If they do select one of the top quarterback prospects, this could be a major franchise-changing deal.
For the Colts, they've missed the playoffs in each of the last three seasons, though Luck guided them to the postseason in 2012, '13 and '14. If Ballard can use these draft picks accordingly, the Colts could once again emerge as a contender in no time.
We'll see if any more major draft trades take place before Apr. 26.