Feb 23, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; New York Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum does an interview in the hall after a press conference during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE
There were some excellent snippets of information in the Eric Allen interview with Mike Tannenbaum at the combine that Vill posted up earlier, and one of the last bits hinted at the possibility of trading up:
The Jets currently own choices in every round and should be in position to obtain one or more compensatory selections, but trading up is always an option for Tannenbaum.
"I do believe in quality over quantity," he said. "That’s just based on a lot of research and what’s a replaceable part and what the odds are of success in every round."
First of all I am happy to hear that Mike will be exploring under every stone and at the end of the day it is about quality, but any fool can tell you that the Jets depth needs addressing. Moving up in this draft for me, would be extremely disappointing. I know that everyone wants that pass rushing beast, the Ingram's or the Upshaws or even the Coples if he falls a little.
However there is enough in this draft to get both quality and quantity. If anything I hope Mike bucks his trend and moves down. I don't know about anyone else but I think round one and two and to an extent three and four have a ton of talent. We need several areas addressing and we don't have a ton of cap room to do it, we need to add depth. It's all well and good saying quality is what you need, but if I can take quality/quantity or a mixture of both. I'm taking the mixture.
I like Mike as a GM, I really do. However just like when you are playing the game of football, over pursuing can cause a lot of harm to your team, sometimes an aggressive nature manifests itself to impatient drafting. Trading up in this draft? It's simply not a logical move for this team right now.