New York Jets Acquire Third Overall Pick in 2018 NFL Draft from Indianapolis Colts

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New York Jets moved up in the upcoming 2018 NFL draft, acquiring the third overall pick from the Indianapolis Colts in a blockbuster trade on Saturday. The Jets gave up their sixth overall pick and two second-round picks (No. 37 and No. 49) in this year’s draft alongside second-rounder in 2019. It is expected that the Jets will use the third overall pick to draft a potential franchise quarterback.

According to the Colts general manager Chris Ballard, two teams have been discussing the trade for “four or five days” before finally closing the deal.

They had an interest to move up to (No.) 3 and kind of went back and forth for the last four or five days,” – said Ballard while speaking to Colts’ website. “Talked to a couple other teams, but we still wanted to stay in position in that top 10 where we could still get a premium player. We feel like at (No.) 6, we’ll still be able to get a premium player.

The New York Jets have been searching for a franchise quarterback for some time now and tried to land former Redskins QB Kirk Cousins in the free agency. After Cousins decided to sign with the Minnesota Vikings, the Jets resigned Josh McCown and got Teddy Bridgewater. Still, the team doesn’t look at the McCown and Bridgewater as longtime solutions and have their minds set on one of the top prospect QBs in the upcoming draft. According to the reports, the Jets will use the third overall pick to take Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield, UCLA’s Josh Rosen, Wyoming’s Josh Allen, or Southern California’s Sam Darnold.

The last time that the Jets traded up in the draft was in 2009 when they acquired the fifth overall pick and drafted QB Mark Sanchez.