AFC East: Jets move up to 3 in the draft, Buffalo looking to move up
By Brian Miller
The Miami Dolphins want a quarterback but it doesn’t appear they are willing to auction off their future to get one. The same can’t be said about AFC East rivals Buffalo and New York.
Earlier today the Indianapolis Colts and the New York Jets announced they have swung a trade for the third overall pick in next months draft. The Jets are positioning themselves to draft a quarterback.
Earlier indications were that the Bills would jump ahead of the Dolphins and the Jets holding two first round picks at number 12 and number 22. That still may be the case if they can convince the New York Giants to move down from the second overall pick.
New York has been busy getting quarterbacks this off-season. They re-signed Josh McCown and signed Teddy Bridgewater to a one year free agent contract .The Bills traded Tyrod Taylor to the Browns and the made a trade with the Bengals by trading LT Cordy Glenn for a swap of first round draft picks.
The Jets and Bills are expected to draft quarterback in round one with the Bills rumored to be high on Josh Allen and the Jets could have interest in Baker Mayfield. The Browns are expected to draft Sam Darnold at pick one.
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There was, is, talk that the Browns may select running back Saquon Barkley of Penn State with the first overall pick and then draft a quarterback at number four. The move by the Jets may change that a bid as Darnold may not be available for them if the Jets take him at three.
The Browns own two of the first four picks and could trade the 4th pick to move down. Buffalo is expected to package draft picks to also move up for a quarterback as well.
At number five the Denver Broncos are favorites to draft a quarterback even though they spent high on Case Keenum. Keenum signed a two-year deal. Denver could opt to wait until round two to draft a quarterback.
Overall the Browns, Jets, Broncos, Bills, Cardinals, and Saints all have interest in a quarterback. The Cardinals and the Saints draft after the Dolphins and the Bills, who are one selection behind Miami will likely move up in front of the Dolphins.
The good news is that if Miami doesn’t intend to draft a quarterback they should have their pick of linebackers with Roquan Smith and Tremain Edmunds potentially available at number 11. Still a month away the draft is getting a lot more interesting and shaking up mock drafts.