Jets CEO Christopher Johnson was available to the media today. Here are some of the highlights from his comments.
Jets CEO Christopher Johnson says that people will look back years from now on the day the Jets drafted Sam Darnold, and they’ll view it is a turning point for the franchise. #Jets— Andy Vasquez (@andy_vasquez) May 8, 2018
Jets CEO Christopher Johnson said he’s excited about the roster and that New York isn’t too big for Sam Darnold.— Calvin Watkins (@calvinwatkins) May 8, 2018
Jets CEO Christopher Johnson on Sam Darnold: "I think we got a real future with this kid. He's not even 21 yet. We might have a long time with this young man I hope so right now I think he is really our future."— Calvin Watkins (@calvinwatkins) May 8, 2018
More Christopher Johnson on the trade from 6-3 and giving up three 2 round picks: "I think that we did really well I think that the key to everything was moving up in the draft and that was a move not for the meek in my view it was a pretty aggressive move ..."— Calvin Watkins (@calvinwatkins) May 8, 2018
The last tweet there really speaks to me. If you follow sports (not just the NFL), you know the great franchises tend to have a few defining moments. It is tough to become great without taking some calculated gambles along the way. When people analyze these things, sometimes risky is used as a synonym for bad.
Risky doesn’t mean bad, though. It means risky. It could turn out bad, but it could also turn out really good.
We will not know for years with 100% certainty whether the risk the Jets took in trading up will pay off. I think it is fair to say that most of the analysis right now is very positive. The team knew it was taking a calculated risk by being aggressive, but this move ultimately put the Jets in the driver’s seat of the Draft and brought them Sam Darnold.