"We feel like at (No.) 6, we'll still be able to get a premium player".
The New York Jets gave up a bounty of picks to the Indianapolis Colts to jump from the No. 6 spot to the No. 3 spot, signaling that they are all-in on targeting a top QB. The Browns had the safety blanket of potentially taking a quarterback they wanted with the fourth pick.
The New York Giants could take Barkley at No. 2 or grab either Rosen or Darnold. "All quarterback roads go through Dorsey now", said one NFC executive.
If the Jets' trade showed us anything, it's that the starting price right now is very high. Quarterbacks always get pulled up by a run at the top of the draft and this year will be no different.
Unless they trade down even further, Indianapolis now has three picks in the second round and nine overall selections in the 2018 NFL Draft.
New York's decision to trade up into the No. 3 spot, held by Indianapolis, wasn't made Saturday just to land a quarterback.
If that's confusing, look at it this way: the Colts traded their first-round pick to the Jets for four picks. 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. In the process, they boxed out the Buffalo Bills, who surely will be angling to move up for a quarterback.
The move may also force the Cleveland Browns into taking a quarterback with the No. 1 overall pick.
Denver this week signed veteran quarterback Case Keenum to a two-year contract. If that doesn't come to fruition, we could actually be looking at a rather substantive fall for this dynamic back come April - potentially to the Colts at six or Buccaneers with the seventh pick. The last time the Colts had four of the top 49 picks: 1982.