Due to their finish in 2014, the Jets received the sixth pick in the fifth round of the 2015 NFL Draft. It was the 142nd overall pick. As a fifth rounder, it was reasonable to temper expectations. As it turns out, the Jets got quite a haul from that pick.
Back in March, the Jets traded the pick to Chicago for Brandon Marshall. Teams seldom get fair value trading stars in the NFL. Sometimes the best use for a late round pick is in a trade. That wasn't the end, though.
The evening of March 10 was a big one for the Jets. Darrelle Revis announced he was returning to the team that drafted him. There was a smaller piece of news that easily could have slipped under the radar. The Marshall trade actually had another piece to it. Along with the seven-time 1,000 yard receiver, the Bears threw in their seventh round pick, 224 overall.
This was a minor throw in. It sounded nice that the Jets negotiated this. It made a Marshall trade that looked like a bargain at first feel like even more of a bargain. It was nice to see the front office focus on small details like that, but that pick surely would not become something valuable.
As it turns out, that was the pick the Jets traded for Zac Stacy on Saturday.
The Jets essentially got Brandon Marshall and Zac Stacy for their fifth round pick.