This is a hectic time for the New York Jets. You have the D'Brickashaw Ferguson retirement, the Ryan Fitzpatrick staredown, the Muhammad Wilkerson trade speculation and, oh, yes, the draft. There's a lot to discuss, but here's our question of the week:
@RichCimini: I think you're alluding to an item from Tony Pauline, a blogger whose specialty is the draft. He said the Jets are one of four teams that have inquired about moving up to No. 1. I don't doubt they called the Tennessee Titans, but context is important. General manager Mike Maccagnan has said on multiple occasions he usually reaches out to every team leading up to the draft, gauging potential interest for trading.
Could the Jets trade up from 20th to first? It's highly unlikely. To jump to the top of the draft, they'd probably have to give up their two biggest assets, the 20th pick and Muhammad Wilkerson -- and probably their first-round pick in 2017. Another issue: Would Wilkerson want to play for the Titans? Remember, he has a lot of say in the matter because he'd have to agree to a long-term contract before a trade went down. I suppose they could make him an offer he couldn't refuse; they certainly have enough cap room.
I can't see the Jets giving up their best defensive player and two premium picks for the right to draft one player. The Jets are an older, win-now team, so they should be accumulating draft picks, not trading them away. It might be a different story if they had a chance to get the bluest of blue-chip quarterback prospects, but that guy doesn't exist in this draft. Carson Wentz and Jared Goff are well-regarded, but would you mortgage your future to pick one? Don't think so.
I think I just answered your question about Laremy Tunsil, the consensus top tackle in the draft. If trading up for a quarterback is cost prohibitive, it certainly makes no sense to pay a king's ransom for an offensive lineman. Tunsil would be an ideal replacement for Ferguson on the quarterback's blind side, but let's be realistic. He's beyond their reach.
It wouldn't shock me if the Jets moved up a few spots to grab a highly rated player, but I think Maccagnan, looking at the big picture, will exercise restraint.