The Jets have too much business to attend to in the next seven weeks to get too deep into their draft plans just yet. They have about $90 million in salary cap space to spend in free agency first.
And what they buy with that will be a key factor in what they do with the sixth overall pick in the NFL draft.
The biggest variable in that, of course, is their quarterback problem. Sign Kirk Cousins and their quarterback need evaporates. Don't sign him, and they might have to think about moving up in the draft. They have holes on the offensive line, at cornerback, and in their pass rush too - all of which can be filled on the market, or out of the college pool.
So, for the Jets, this is really premature, but here's a look at their Top 5 post-combine options with the sixth pick of the NFL draft, in the order of the most likely to occur:
CB Minkah Fitzpatrick, Alabama
Right now, the Jets don't seem like they'll be the big winners in the Cousins sweepstakes, but they appear more interested in signing a free agent than pursuing one in the draft. It's also safe to assume two quarterbacks will go in the Top 5, and the other slots will be filled by RB Saquon Barkley, DE Bradley Chubb, and maybe even G Quenton Nelson.
That could leave the Jets staring at a couple of quarterbacks, but if they already have one via free agency, then what? Well, they need a young stud cornerback to go with their talented young safeties, and Fitzpatrick - who actually can play both positions - can solidify the back end of the Jets' defense for years.
Yes, they could add a free agent corner, but the market there just isn't very good, and the Jets really want to add a few more young defenders.
2.G Quenton Nelson, Notre Dame
Consider him the Plan B of the draft if the Jets already have their quarterback. The 6-foot-5, 330-pounder is the best lineman in the draft and, paired with Brian Winters, would solidify the Jets at that position for years. And given that running the ball remains their strength, that could be enough to make them immediately competitive.
There are still people around the NFL who think taking a guard in the Top 10 is a waste of a high pick, but Nelson is so good that most seem willing to look beyond that conventional wisdom. He'd likely make James Carpenter expendable, but the Jets are looking to upgrade their offensive line.
QB Josh Allen, Wyoming
So what happens if the Jets don't land a free agent quarterback like Cousins or Teddy Bridgewater or someone who can be the guy for the next few years? Well, there probably will be at least one quarterback available to them at No. 6, but at this point it's hard to predict who that will be.
My guess would be Allen, despite the fact that scouts love his arm and all his measurable. I'm guessing teams picking in the Top 5 will inevitably be scared off by his accuracy issues, and struggles in his final season at Wyoming. The Jets could draft him and let him sit for a year behind a veteran like Josh McCown, and everyone would understand.
4.QB Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma
I'm not sure the Jets think he's the ideal quarterback for them or New York, but there's a chance he could be available at No. 6, too. The Browns supposedly are high on him, which means he wouldn't get past No. 4. But again, it's too early to tell.
Mayfield carries different risks than Allen. At 6-foot-1, he's a little shorter than an ideal quarterback. He's also a bit of a loose-canon, and definitely very cocky. That could invigorate the fans and the team, but only if he's an instant success. If their free agent options don't pan out, his talent might be too much to pass up, though.
5.DE Bradley Chubb, N.C. State
When the Jets took defensive end Leonard Williams in 2015, no one could believe it since they had taken defensive ends in the first round in 2013 (Sheldon Richardson) and 2011 (Mo Wilkerson), too. But could they do it again? Absolutely. Even though GM Mike Maccagnan says D-line isn't a priority, one look at the roster suggests it should be.
Also, the 6-foot-4, 269-pound Chubb is considered the best defensive player in the draft, and a game-changing edge-rusher. It seems unlikely he slips to No. 6 unless there's a couple of trades up by teams looking to take quarterbacks. I wouldn't rule that out.
And if three or four quarterbacks go in the Top 5, then Chubb could slip just like Williams did three years ago. If that happens, the Jets would have to pounce.