Colts, Jets swap first round picks in 2018 National Football League draft

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The Jets trade their No. 6 overall pick in the draft for the Colts' No. overall pick. From here on out, it's all about the draft, and the Jets move to the third-overall pick will trigger a handful of other trades as well, with the ripples of this transaction spreading around the league and impacting war rooms far and wide.

The Jets will send the 6th, 37th and 49th overall picks this year and their second-rounder in 2019 to the Colts. If the Jets stay put at No. 6, they'd be taking a huge gamble.

After losing to Minnesota in the Kirk Cousins sweepstakes at the start of free agency, NY re-signed Josh McCown and agreed to terms with Teddy Bridgewater, each on one-year deals. He's also planning to attend the pro days of Wyoming's Josh Allen and Southern California's Sam Darnold.

In the trade, the Jets and Colts flip first round selections. In addition to the moves with McCown and Bridgewater, New York signed cornerback Trumaine Johnson, running back Isaiah Crowell, kicker Cairo Santos and linebacker Avery Williamson, and agreed to terms with centre Spencer Long.

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The flurry of activity comes as the Jets look to improve on two straight 5-11 seasons and try to end a seven-year playoff drought. If four quarterbacks go in the top five picks, then I've got news for you - six may go in the top 16 picks. By doing this, the Jets rule out any potential trade up ahead of them, making them a near lock to grab a quarterback at No. 3.

- New York Jets (@nyjets) March 17, 2018Pleasure doing business with you, @nyjets! Project quarterbacks Christian Hackenberg and Bryce Petty are likely on their way out in the next couple of weeks. Now, the ball is in New York's court.

The Colts are sending the #3 overall pick to the Jets and getting a massive haul in return.

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In reality, this might have made more sense than moving up to the third pick. GM Chris Ballard needs as much young talent as he can acquire to improve his roster and should get two strong prospects with the two second-rounders they got from the Jets.

Both teams announced the move on Saturday.

The only player Indy has signed so far is defensive end Denico Autry, who played previous year in Oakland.

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