Rich Cimini of ESPN New York reports that Jets GM Mike Maccagnan hasn’t ruled out the idea of possibly trading up from No. 6 overall.
This comes after that the Jets will host Florida State QB Jameis Winston for a pre-draft visit in the coming days.
Cimini mentions that there is “virtually no chance” of Winston falling to the Jets at No. 6, but the FSU product is reportedly “highly regarded” within the Jets’ organization.
While Maccagnan may be willing to trade up, it’s hard to say how high he’s willing to go and who he is specifically targeting.
According to Cimini, there is a sense among teams drafting in the top 10 that the Jets are a threat to move up.
There’s a chance that the Jets could have their eye on Oregon QB Marcus Mariota, who is widely considered to be the second best quarterback in this year’s draft.
It appears unlikely that Mariota would be available to the Jets at No. 6, so if they aren’t enamored with some of the other quarterback options such Baylor QB Bryce Petty or Brett Hundley and want to come away with Mariota, they would likely have to move up to get him.
There has been a lot of talk that a number of teams including the Bears, Chargers, Browns and Eagles could all be considering a move up to get Mariota as well. However, the good news for the Jets is that the Titans may prefer to move down to No. 6 overall versus ending up outside of the top-10.
We’ll have more regarding the Jets and a possible trade up in this year’s draft as the news is available.