Jets GM Mike Maccagnan has spent a lot of time this offseason looking at the quarterbacks in this draft. But that isn't necessarily unusual. In fact, he said, the Jets "feel pretty good" about the quarterbacks they already have.
"We have the two young guys (Christian Hackenberg and Bryce Petty) and we like both of them in terms of ability and potential," the Jets GM said during his pre-draft press briefing on Monday. "We feel pretty good about the guys we have."
That hasn't stopped him from looking, of course, and at least considering the possibility of the Jets drafting a quarterback with the No. 6 overall pick. They have scouted the top quarterbacks in the draft heavily this offseason and many believe the Jets will take one in that spot.
Maccagnan seemed to downplay that, though, in his briefing with the writers who regularly cover the team. He indicated that paying so much attention to quarterbacks is just something he feels he always has to do.
"Quite frankly I don't know if there's going to be a year that I, or we as a team, don't look strongly at that position," Maccagnan said. "I think it's so important, you almost have to every year. I think what you'll find, too, is a lot of teams in the league do the same thing."
What else did Maccagnan reveal to the media? Here's a look at some of the rest of what he said:
- He again insisted that if the Jets do take a quarterback it would have nothing to do with their feelings about Hackenberg, last year's second-round pick who has yet to play a down. "I don't think it's a referendum on one or another player," he said, adding teams have to continue to look at quarterbacks "until you're in a position where you feel (good) with where you're at. … We're not at that position yet. But we may be. Time will tell."
- Petty, coming off shoulder surgery, is able to throw now, according to Maccagnan, but he's still rehabbing his injury.
- The Jets have until May 3 to decide whether to pick up the fifth-year option (for 2018) on the contract for safety Calvin Pryor. Maccagnan remained noncommittal on whether or not the Jets will do it. "We have to make that determination after the draft," he said. "That's not something I'm going to speculate or comment on. That'll work itself out here shortly. We'll deal with it after the draft."
- Maccagnan would not say whether DE Sheldon Richardson is a candidate to be traded during the draft.
- Maccagnan believes this is "a good year" for running backs in the draft. He added that the tight end crop is "very deep". He said the same is true of the secondary, particularly safeties.
- This seems logical, but Maccagnan said "When you pick that high in the draft you want to have a player that's going to come in and contribute right away." He did say he'd also consider long-term potential, but it's clear he wants the sixth pick to have an immediate impact.
- Maccagnan would not say whether Oklahoma RB Joe Mixon has been taken off the Jets draft board or not. Mixon was involved in an ugly domestic violence incident that was caught on camera back in 2014 and was suspended for an entire season. He has the talent to be a first-round pick, but some teams reportedly won't draft him at all. Said Maccagnan: "We take (domestic violence issues) very seriously. I have no problem whatsoever taking a guy off our board from that standpoint. … Personal character is very important to me."