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Could Jets trade up for Sam Darnold? It would be costly, but don't rule it out

This week's New York Jets mailbag is loaded with draft chatter, Dez Bryant speculation and potential trade bait. Have at it:

@RichCimini: Fascinating question, Jim. Short answer: It depends. If Josh Allen goes No. 1 to the Cleveland Browns, which seems to be the new trend (I'm not buying it), it'll leave Sam Darnold for the New York Giants. I won't swear to it, but I suspect Darnold is the top quarterback on the Jets' board. If they believe there's a gap between Darnold and the next guy, then, yes, I could see them trying to move up one spot. They'd get the best quarterback in the draft and they'd block others from trying the same thing, perhaps a team in their division (Buffalo Bills).

Personally, I think it would be too costly. A year ago, the Chicago Bears made the same move, jumping from No. 3 to No. 2 to draft Mitchell Trubisky. The price: third- and fourth-round picks, plus a 2018 third-rounder. If the Jets did that trade, coupled with the St. Patrick's Day swap with the Indianapolis Colts, their draft would resemble a Thanksgiving turkey after dinner -- picked clean. They'd be left with fifth-, sixth- and seventh-round picks. Big deal. Plus, they'd be without second- and third-rounders in 2019.

The Jets definitely have interest in Darnold, hastily arranging a pre-draft visit to their facility after originally leaving him off their list. They got wind of the Browns-Allen buzz and decided to bring him in ... just in case. Hmm. Why they didn't schedule the visit in the first place is beyond me, but that's a story for another day. The point is, yes, I think there's an outside chance they could emerge from this draft with Darnold if the Browns decide to pass on him.

@RichCimini: As everybody knows, the Cowboys wound up releasing Bryant, but, no, I don't see him landing with the Jets. It doesn't make sense for either side. As you noted, the Jets have enough receivers to stock three teams. I'm sure they'd add another if they felt he'd help the team, but Bryant isn't that guy.

Bryant, who turns 30 in November, has been on a three-year decline. Since 2015, he has caught only 49.7 percent of his targets, the worst catch percentage in the NFL (minimum: 200 attempts). His lack of chemistry with Dak Prescott can explain some of it, but the overriding factor is that he can't separate the way he once did, perhaps because injuries have taken a toll.

At this stage of his career, Bryant is a No. 2 receiver. Last time I checked, the Jets have enough of those -- and they're younger and cheaper than the former Cowboy.

@RichCimini: No, I haven't heard anything, but it wouldn't surprise me if they try something like that. Jermaine Kearse, Robby Anderson, Christian Hackenberg and Bryce Petty could be floated in trade talks, although I doubt they'd get anything in return as high as a four. You wonder if they'd get any nibbles for the two quarterbacks.

Cap-wise, Leonard Williams and Marcus Maye are tradable, but they're considered part of the future. A Jamal Adams trade is prohibitive because of the cap implications -- plus, they don't want to trade him. Darron Lee might generate some interest, but he'll probably get another year with the Jets to reach his potential.