Todd Bowles: Jets Traded Up to No. 3 Overall Draft Pick with 6-7 Players in Mind

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistMarch 27, 2018

New York Jets head football coach Todd Bowles answers a question from a reporter at the coaches breakfast during the NFL owners meetings, Tuesday, March 27, 2018 in Orlando, Fla. (Phelan M. Ebenhack/AP Images for NFL)
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Todd Bowles isn't tipping the New York Jets' hand when it comes to their draft strategy.

Speaking to reporters Tuesday at the annual NFL coaches breakfast in Orlando, Florida, the Jets head coach said the team traded up to No. 3 overall in April's draft "not with one player in mind" but with six or seven "they believe they'll have a chance at," according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

Gang Green officially acquired the third overall pick March 17 when they struck a deal with the Indianapolis Colts. In exchange for moving up three spots in the first round, the Jets sent the Colts the sixth pick in Round 1 and pick Nos. 37 and 49 (via Seattle) in Round 2. New York also shipped its 2019 second-round pick to Indianapolis.

Given the hefty price the Jets paid, conventional wisdom suggests they'll select a new franchise quarterback April 26. General manager Mike Maccagnan has been in attendance at the pro days for top signal-callers Baker Mayfield, Josh Rosen and Sam Darnold.

Maccagnan told reporters Monday the Jets are also planning to hold a private workout with Josh Allen in Wyoming.

Bleacher Report NFL draft expert Matt Miller projected Allen to the Jets in his latest mock draft.

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"My belief has been throughout this process that the Jets covet Josh Allen," Miller wrote. "I reported back in November sources at Wyoming told me no team has done more work on Allen than the Jets. He's a big (6'5", 233 lbs), athletic, strong-armed quarterback with the ideal tools to run offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates' scheme."

If Allen is the pick, the Jets may not be in a rush to play him after they re-signed veteran Josh McCown to a one-year deal and added Teddy Bridgewater on a separate one-year pact.