John Elway traded up in the first round for Paxton Lynch. Jets had a 3rd/4th-round grade on him. Time will tell which team was right.— Manish Mehta (@MMehtaNYDN) May 2, 2016
This interesting coming from the same front office who thought former Penn State quarterback was a top 50 pick and worth the team's second round(51st overall) pick. Mehta is known to spin things for the Jets front office, so this could be damage control on their part. Jets fans were not really thrilled with the Hackenberg selection and would have rather gone for Lynch in the first round.
The Jets held the 20th overall pick in the first round of the draft and passed on Lynch to take Ohio State linebacker, Darron Lee. Many prior to the draft assumed they would select Lynch with this pick, but they passed on him and took Hackenberg in the second round.
Yes, Mehta is correct in saying time will tell which team was right here, but my biased money is on John Elway.
I mean who would you trust more, the Jets ever-changing front office who thought Geno Smith and now Christian Hackenberg were worth second round picks? Or a three-time Super Bowl winning, Hall of Fame quarterback, and successful General Manager John Elway? Elway does know a thing or two about quarterbacking, and Head Coach Gary Kubiak is one of the brighter offensive minds in the league. So I trust their judgment on quarterbacks over the Jets.
I'm sorry, what? 3-4 on Lynch but a 2nd on Hackenberg? https://t.co/mGnqLKKahE— Sam Monson (@PFF_Sam) May 2, 2016
We do know that at least three other teams had Lynch high on their draft board. Jerry Jones lost sleep over missing out on Paxton Lynch, and the Chiefs and Browns were reportedly interested in Lynch in the first round/top of the second round as well.
So time will tell, but I trust Elway and Kubiak over the Jets.