INDIANAPOLIS - The Jets are holding the sixth pick in the 2017 NFL draft, but it's a pick that they may never make.
Jets GM Mike Maccagnan insisted the Jets are "open for business" for any teams interested in acquiring that pick or any of their picks in the seven rounds of the draft. The Jets, as Maccagnan acknowledged, have a lot of holes to fill on their roster
So as far as he's concerned, the more picks they can accumulate, the better.
"I will say this - and this will be some free advertising for me, and I've said this to some of the GMs here already - every draft I've been in I've always wanted to acquire more picks," Maccagnan said. "We would like to move back and acquire more picks in this draft, if possible, because in my mind that affords you at least the opportunity to potentially expedite the process of trying to improving the talent base on the roster."
"Literally we're open for business every round," Maccagnan continued. "If somebody has a pick in any particular round and we have a pick in that round, call us up."
The Jets have a pick in every round except the fourth -- a pick they traded to the Washington Redskins in last year's draft to move up for tackle Brandon Shell in Round 5. They have seven picks overall, including an extra compensatory pick at the end of Round 3. But Maccagnan wants more.
And trading down in the first round is a great way to get them.
"If you believe you have a good process and a good group of scouts, and coaches who can evaluate," Maccagnan said, "then hopefully you can improve your roster that way."
That doesn't mean he will trade the No. 6 pick, of course. The top of the draft is particularly rich with cornerbacks and safeties -- two things the Jets desperately need -- and between now and April 27, when the draft begins, the Jets might decide they can't pass on one of those players. They could also be in the market for a quarterback if they strike out searching for one in free agency, which might lead them to conclude they're better off staying where they are.
Maccagnan conceded he's not likely to trade the pick until the Jets are on the clock on April 27 when he'll know which players have been taken and what all of his options are.
"I would say there's going to be a very good player available at 6," he said. "And it's probably something where you would entertain offers, I assume, when you know what's on the (board), so you know what you could potentially have and what you could potentially move back to.
"But I think, yeah, personally we're interested in having options going forward. Whether we stay at 6 and pick a player, we'll be perfectly happy doing that. Whether we decide to move back a little bit and get more picks and more opportunities, we'll be perfectly happy doing that. If a situation arises where we feel there's a player that slides a little bit to within striking distances and the compensations not bad - I'm going to cover all bases here - we may move up a little bit."
So all options will be on the table - but Maccagnan made it clear which one he prefers.
"We want to build this thing through the draft," Maccagnan said. "And to do that, we like to get more picks because I think that can potentially expedite the process."