Today, our fearless new GM held a mini State of the Union address as we are now 6 days away from Money Mike running his first NFL draft as a general manager. He dropped a couple of mildly interesting gems in his presser, but the one that clearly jumps out, as reported by Connor Orr, is that this week the Jets are calling all of the teams ahead of them to judge the cost of trading up. Furthermore, Maccagnan has sent a copy of his trade value chart to the other 31 teams, as Orr further states.
Also super interesting from Maccagnan: Every team has a copy of his trade value chart so they know how he values picks.— Conor Orr (@ConorOrr) April 24, 2015
Now, this is all likely pre-draft due diligence and normal GM stuff. I'm not going to read into it too much, this is what all GMs probably do. But that's not going to stop me from having some fun with a game of Connect the Dots.
Jets met with Mariota (and Winston) at the Combine. Later, on March 12, Mikey Mac was personally on hand along with his director of college scouting Rex Hogan to witness Marcus Mariota's Pro Day. Only 4 GMs actually attended Mariota's Pro Day (Mac, Scot McCloughan of Washington, Jason Licht of Tampa, and Ruston Webster of Tennessee), and while I don't think it's necessary for a GM to be on hand for a Pro Day, I think it goes to Mac's level of intrigue in seeing Mariota. Near the end of March, the Jets had a private, on-campus workout with Marcus Mariota. 5 days later, the Jets flew Mariota out to New Jersey to have a face to face visit with him. Only the Bucs and Titans have done the same, while the Rams and Chargers did a private workout.
Now, this may all be nothing. This may all be due diligence that results in the team saying thanks but no thanks. But certainly the Jets have done the work on Marcus Mariota. And the tradewinds are starting to swirl as the information leaks begin to increase as we get closer to the draft. Buckle your seatbelts ladies and gentlemen. We're only 6 days (4 work days) away from the draft. Drama... guaranteed.
A video of the presser can be found here.