Although the NFL Draft is still more than three months away, Jets GM Mike Maccagnan has already begun contemplating what he'll do on April 26 at AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas. That may include moving up from the Jets' current spot of No. 6 overall.
"Yeah, I would say it would actually pertain to any player you felt extremely strong about, too," Maccagnan said on ESPN Radio Wednesday. "But we've moved back a little bit in the draft and there have been situations I've tried to move up in the draft. But I would say the simple answer to that question is 'yes' and if that was a player we felt very strongly about, we would have no qualms about potentially trying to go and get him."
Josh McCown started the first 13 games of the season at QB for New York before a broken hand ended what was the best season of the 38-year-old's career. Bryce Petty started the final three games and struggled, completing 53-or-103 passes for 530 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions.
Christian Hackenberg, who has been considered a possible starter at the QB spot for the Jets after he was selected in the second round of the 2016 draft, has yet to take a snap in a regular season game.
USC's Sam Darnold and UCLA's Josh Rosen are considered the favorites to be the first two quarterbacks selected in the first round.
"Right now, there's obviously some potential players that are going to be in that market," Maccagnan said. "If we think there's a way to improve the talent on this team through pro free agency and/or through the college draft, we wouldn't rule anything out. I think all options are going to be on the table.''
The Jets are coming off a second consecutive 5-11 season and last-place finish in the AFC East. Despite a 10-6 mark during head coach Todd Bowles' first season in 2015, the Jets have missed the postseason for seven straight years. It's the second-longest drought in frachise history since the AFL-NFL merged in 1970.