Report: Jets officials upset at GM Mike Maccagnan for not trading up to draft Alvin Kamara
Though the New York Jets used their first three picks in the 2017 NFL Draft to select former SEC stars (LSU S Jamal Adams, Florida S Marcus Maye and Alabama WR ArDarius Stewart), certain team officials would have liked to see one more.
As former Tennessee RB Alvin Kamara continued to stay on the board, there was some noise in the Jets’ draft room calling for GM Mike Maccagnan to make a move.
According to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, many within the Jets’ organization wanted to see the team trade up in the third round to get Kamara, but he decided to hold on to the picks he already had and watched as the New Orleans Saints traded up to select the former Volunteer:
“The bottom line: There were important people in the organization who wanted to make an aggressive play to draft the big-play back, but the final decision maker opted to take the safer, more deliberate route, sources said,” the report reads. “The fortune-favors-the-bold crowd took a back seat to the draft-pick hoarder.”
To be fair, one could question whether the Jets are in a position where they should trade up for anyone. Entering the 2017 season, they aren’t exactly expected to be good, so Maccagnan’s strategy of hoarding draft picks may be in the team’s best interest in the long run.
However, watching as Kamara has put up 118 yards and a touchdown on only 10 touches while working with the Saints’ first team this preseason has been difficult for those who wanted to see him in New York.