AFC East Notes: Bills, Dolphins, Jets, Patriots

     

Bills

Dolphins

Jets

  • Albert Breer says that the Jets would “love to bail out” of the No. 3 pick and recoup the second-round pick they lost as part of the Sam Darnold trade.
  • However, the quarterback class isn’t considered to be as good as last year’s group, which will make it harder for the Jets to secure the kind of package they gave up last year. 
  • Breer says that Alabama DT Quinnen Williams would be the “chalk pick” for the Jets if they stay at No. 3 and Kyler Murray and Nick Bosa are the first two picks.
  • According to ESPN’s Rich Cimini, the most likely candidates for a Jets’ trade-down from No. 3 are the Broncos (No. 10), Bengals (No. 11) and Redskins (No. 15). 
  • Cimini writes that it appears GM Mike Maccagnan is counting on trading down by the number of “band-aid” options he signed in free agency. However, there might not be a quarterback a team wants to trade up to the Jets’ pick for. 
  • If the Jets can’t trade down, Cimini believes they’ll take the best remaining out of Alabama DT Quinnen Williams, Ohio State DE Nick Bosa or Kentucky DE Josh Allen
  • According to Manish Mehta, the Jets believe cornerback is a greater area of need than offensive line.
  • Tony Pauline reports that Iowa State RB David Montgomery taking a pre-draft visit and with the Jets on Thursday. 
  • West Virginia OT Yodny Cajuste is visiting the New York Jets on Thursday. (Aaron Wilson)

Patriots

Patriots HC Bill Belichick explained that all 32 NFL teams use the same value chart for the most part when it comes to draft trades.

I would say that, in general, the trades over the last several years for the most part have been, let’s call them within 5 to 10 percent, pretty equitable trades,” Belichick said, via Michael David Smith of ProFootballTalk. “So, for you to have a chart that’s different than the other 31 charts isn’t really that productive because now we’re just arguing about which chart – ‘My chart says this. Your chart says that.’ . . . I would say everybody probably uses about the same value chart. I’d say in our draft trade negotiations through the years, especially the last two or three years, there hasn’t been a lot of, ‘My chart says this. Your chart says that.’ Now 10 or 15 years ago there was some of that. ‘Oh, here’s what we think it should be.’ Well, the other team’s in a different ballpark because they’re looking at a different chart. I would say that when you look at the trades now, over the past few years, a majority of them fall within what we would say is a range of a fair trade. What the going rate would be is what the team gave up and what the team got is about what you would expect them to get, whether it’s our trade or not. I’m just looking league wide. The first round is a little bit different because you’re trading for a very specific player at that point. Not that you’re not trading for a player in the second and third round – I’m not saying that – when a team moves up, they move up to take a certain player that they want. But not everybody’s necessarily after that player, whereas in the first five, 10 picks, whatever it is, when you’re trading there you’re trading for a certain guy and when they trade out of it they know that they’re trading away from that player. It might be one or two players but it’s a much more defined situation.”

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