New Jets GM Mike Maccagnan says Friday that ‘philosophically’ he prefers the idea of trading down to collect more picks, rather than giving up assets to move up in the draft.
Jets fans may be looking for a move up in the draft for Marcus Mariota, but it sounds like new GM Mike Maccagnan may be casting his eyes in the other direction. Maccagnan has indicated he is open to trading one way or the other in the draft, but said on Friday that his preference in general is to move down.
“I think philosophically, I like the idea of, personally, getting more picks,” Maccagnan said Friday during his pre-draft press conference. “Because to me, more picks are more opportunities to find players.”
Oregon Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota figures to be the second quarterback taken in next week’s NFL draft.
Maccagnan compared the drafting process to financial analysis.
“It’s almost like a portfolio,” he said. “Do you pick one stock you think is going to get the big return or do you pick three stocks which may not actually hit the same ceiling but the overall value of it actually gets a higher yield.”
Maccagnan’s philosophy isn’t all that different from Bill Belichick’s. While the Patriots’ decision-maker is prone to trade down, his draft record is spotty.
All that being said, Maccagnan was talking in a vacuum. And clearly, moving up could be an option too. The GM said the Jets will call every team in front of them before the draft to try and gauge the market, a process he said that will heat up over the coming days.
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