NFL's Jets fire first pre-draft trade shots, leaping to No. 3

The Indianapolis Colts and New York Jets continued to shake up what has already been a hectic NFL offseason by swapping first round picks for this upcoming NFL Draft, with the Jets also sending the Colts second-round choices both this year and next year.

Indianapolis is likely to get the player it targeted at No. 3 with the sixth pick, and it acquired three additional second-rounders from the Jets.

For the Jets, a team that has been unable to find a franchise signal caller since the days of Joe Namath, a move into the top-3 might be the best way to achieve this goal. The Jets gave up some premium Day 2 resources, but managed to hold onto next year's first-rounder, while putting them in position to land a top quarterback prospect in the top five.

It will get interesting when the Giants are on the clock because the Buffalo Bills could jump up to that spot and draft a quarterback. He connected on 64.4% of his passes in 2014 with 14 touchdowns and 12 interceptions, earning Pepsi Rookie of the Year honors and being named to the Pro Football Writers of America All-Rookie Team.

National Football League general managers remained quite active Saturday with a slew of trades and signings.

While Rodgers has become one of the leagues elite quarterbacks, Quinn is no longer in the NFL after years of underperforming. Cleveland once again owns the No. 1 pick.

In all likelihood three quarterbacks will be gone in the first five draft slots.

Wyoming's Josh Allen, Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield, USC's Sam Darnold and UCLA's Josh Rosen are widely regarded as the top four quarterbacks available and are expected to be off the board early. And it now looks like the draft itself will play out this way. The Bills will have to put together a big trade package to crack the top three and get ahead of the Jets. Sanchez looked for a bit like he'd be the answer for the Jets, but he fizzled out.

And, on Friday afternoon, Bills general manager Brandon Beane met with the team's media to discuss the trades, free agency and the upcoming draft.

There's still a real chance four quarterbacks come off the board before the Bills are picking at 12, but after a rough weekend of news, this alternate scenario should help calm the nerves of some Bills fans.

Now, the New York Jets have entered themselves into the discussion.

It is widely believed that the Colts were very interested in N.C. State defensive end Bradley Chubb with the No. 3 pick. After back-to-back conference title game appearances with Sanchez at the helm, the Jets have managed just one winning season since 2010.

The Giants have been really quiet this off-season and draft rumors have been wide-spread but scarce.

"We'll still be open if an opportunity - the right opportunity - presents itself at six to move down", Ballard said. And more importantly, did each team improve with the deal?


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