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Mailbag: Is Philip Rivers a possibility for QB-needy Jets?

Twelve days until the New York Jets are on the clock. Your questions:

@RichCimini: I don't see Marcus Mariota getting to six. If the San Diego Chargers are willing to put Philip Rivers on the trading block for Mariota, I have to think they'd get a deal done with the Tennessee Titans, who pick four spots ahead of the Jets. Rivers' background with Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt makes a Chargers-Titans trade more logical than a Chargers-Jets trade. But I'm going to play along and run with your question. First of all, if the Jets are offered Rivers, I don't think it would be a "trade back" scenario. In other words, they wouldn't get the 17th pick from the Chargers. They'd get Rivers for the sixth pick, and the Jets probably would have to add a sweetener. The Jets would need a long-term commitment from Rivers, who has only one year left on his contract. You don't make a deal of this magnitude if there's a chance it could be one-and-done. Would Rivers, who has spent his entire life in the South and laid-back San Diego, want to play in New York? I wonder. Would I do the deal if I'm the Jets? Heck, yeah, as long as he signs an extension. They're trying to win now and Rivers, 33, would be the missing piece.

@RichCimini: That's easy. I'd take Amari Cooper over Todd Gurley. I think Gurley will be a terrific running back in the league, but there's an element of risk because of his surgically repaired knee -- only five months removed from major surgery. The odds are in Gurley's favor that he'll be just fine in time, but there's no guarantee. As Bill Parcells used to say, "They don't sell insurance for this." We're talking about $18 million guaranteed for the sixth pick -- a nice chunk of change. If the Jets were to trade down, say, in the 12 to 15 range, I'd strongly consider Gurley. Cooper is pro-ready and has star potential.

@RichCimini: There's a good chance this scenario will unfold, so the Jets had better be prepared. You can throw wide receiver Kevin White into the mix, too, because I think he'd be a consideration. It's a tough call. If Dante Fowler Jr. is still available, I'd take him. He'd fill a need at outside linebacker. If the Jets believe Brandon Scherff can be a Pro Bowl right tackle, he'd be a solid choice. Don't take him if you intend to play him at guard. By DLs, I assume you mean Shane Ray and Vic Beasley, both of whom project as 3-4 outside linebackers. Frankly, I think six is too high for both of them. But that's just me.

@RichCimini: To use your word, Trevor, yes, it would be silly. You can't go into the draft with a focus so narrow that you'd automatically eliminate one side of the ball. If the Jets took that approach in 2013, especially after picking a cornerback (Dee Milliner) at No. 9, they probably wouldn't have drafted Sheldon Richardson -- and that would've been a mistake. I could see the Jets picking an edge rusher with the sixth pick. Or maybe Scherff. Or maybe Cooper. When you're in the top 10, just take the best guy. You want to come away with a cornerstone player, regardless of position.

@RichCimini: It's an interesting thought. First of all, trading the sixth pick for 12 and 19 would be lopsided in the Jets' favor, so they might have to give their second-rounder to the Cleveland Browns to even it out. In this scenario, I'd be stunned if they used two picks on linemen. One, maybe, but two would be overkill. They have too many other needs. In those spots, they'd be able to pick up a pass-rusher or perhaps Gurley to go along with one lineman.