Woody says Jets Tried to Trade Down
An interesting tidbit that mostly went overlooked in the Geno Smith hysteria is that Woody is basically admitting that the Jets were trying to trade down in the first round. Sounds like they were planning to use the lower first round pick for Smith and that him lasting to 39 was a big surprise. So it does seem like the big plan was to acquire an additional pick by trading down and likely they would have used it for one of those offensive weapons who would have been a reach at 13. That would have been a great plan and such a shame there were no trading partners by that point.
It did seem that the Sheldon Richardson pick, despite being the best player on the board was really not their first choice as he didn't seem to fit the Jets scheme and it made so many people angry that they went with two defensive picks in the first round. And then all the talk of Rex being the puppetmaster which hopefully this puts somewhat to rest.
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“We went by our evaluations,” Johnson said. “We evaluate all those traits: skills and communication, leadership. . . . We evaluate them. He got a very high score with us. He was the next guy on our board and we drafted him.”
Gang Green selected cornerback Dee Milliner and defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson with their two first-round selections — Nos. 9 and 13, respectively — but Johnson said that Smith would have been given serious first-round consideration “if we had dropped down.”
Although Johnson praised Smith, he stopped short of calling him a franchise quarterback, repeating Idzik’s central offseason theme.