With the trade now completed, the Jets are free to target one of the top quarterbacks on their draft board, versus taking the passer which lands to them. The move not only allows the Jets to finally find a franchise quarterback, but for the Colts to still find a bluechip prospect in the draft. Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, who missed last season with a severe shoulder injury, is expected to return in 2018. If so, the Colts would have added picks while grabbing the draft's top edge rusher.
The only question was whether or not the Jets would be able to draft one of the top quarterbacks.
The Browns pick at No. 1 and the Giants are next at No. 2. NY now has a chance to take a shot at a franchise QB and a chance to cash in a winning lottery ticket on someone like Josh Rosen or Sam Darnold.
"The ability to have seven players here in the next two years that are all going to be first- and second-round picks was attractive to us".
Though people thought moving up a spot was insane for the Bears previous year, at least they didn't have to give up three second-round picks. With AFC East rivals Miami and Buffalo also searching for a QB and possessing the assets needed to trade up, Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan couldn't just stand pat.
The only problem? These types of moves haven't exactly worked out well for the Jets in the past.
The Browns have been a mess when it comes to the most important position for decades, and can not afford to pass up on another franchise QB.
With this deal, NY has a chance to find its new face of the franchise. The early sense is that the Jets don't rate Baker Mayfield in that upper-echelon category.
The seeds for this trade were actually planted several months ago at the end of the preseason, when the Jets traded Sheldon Richardson to the Seattle Seahawks for a second-round pick and Jermaine Kearse.
The 25-year-old Crowell complements veteran Bilal Powell and second-year back Elijah McGuire in New York's running game. Sure, they give up the chance to take Bradley Chubb or Saquon Barkley, but they still have a pick in the top-6 plus plenty of other opportunities to fill holes on the roster.