New York Jets: What their big trade says about the quarterbacks

Mike Maccagnan was active early in free agency

One other interesting Bills-related note from King's Monday Morning Quarterback column: The team was reportedly "seriously interested" in Jets quarterback Josh McCown before he opted to re-sign in NY.

The Denver Broncos are reportedly among the teams that have been looking into moving up, or have looked into moving up in this year's draft to select a quarterback. That left the Bills with AJ McCarron.

Who gets picked where has been vastly different for multiple draft analysts.

Let's look at what transpired and how it could impact the draft. The Giants then take Penn State running back Saquon Barkley, while the Jets take UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen. That means Barkley falls to No. 2 and there's no way the Giants don't snatch him up.

Assuming that's the case, the Jets have assured themselves of a player they feel is worthy of a 'QB1′ status on their draft board.

Add in hands like a star wide receiver and the ability to take it to the house on both punt-and-kick returns, and you've got the complete package, an all-purpose weapon for head coach Pat Shurmur to deploy as he sees fit.

Mayfield has spent quite a bit of time with Cleveland during the draft process and he's always been rumored to be a favorite of new Browns draft consultant Scot McClougan.

The Buffalo Bills, who recently moved up to No. 12 by trading offensive tackle Cordy Glenn to the Cincinnati Bengals, were just trying to get into position to grab any of the draft's first round quarterbacks.

But this trade was just as big of a win for the Jets, who have been desperate for a true franchise quarterback for years.

The No. 37 overall pick is the Jets' original second-round pick. And because of what they have done since 4 p.m. last Wednesday, they won't be pigeonholed into anything on April 26. But as much as 2017 may have been an encouraging campaign for Todd Bowles' team, it was ultimately a reminder of something that has been eminently clear for years: This team will continue to languish until it finds a franchise quarterback capable of single-handedly lifting its ceiling. The Browns acquired quarterback Tyrod Taylor from the Bills and signed running back Carlos Hyde. They now have the No. 12 and 22 picks to help sweeten the deal for the Giants.

Given the injury rate in the National Football League, you can never have enough depth or options at any position, and you never know when the market may change and turn your depth into a trade chip.

With the Colts now 5 days into free agency and having made just 1 player acquisition, this sort of move in the draft was a virtual must. With Darnold and Rosen out there, it would be close to negligent for the Jets to not at least try to move up into the top two spots in this year's draft. Previous year it cost Chicago two third-rounders and a fourth just to inch up from No. 3 to No. 2. "It helped us make the moves we did, because it happens fast, and if you're not ready, you can jump on the wrong guy".

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