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2015 NFL DRAFT

Report: Jets trying to trade up to select QB

By Derek Harper | The Sports Xchange/CBSSports.com

The New York Jets passed twice on selecting a quarterback in the first round of the NFL Draft on Thursday but reportedly are talking to teams with picks toward the top of the second round about trading up so they can snag one of the top quarterbacks remaining.

The presumed target is West Virginia's Geno Smith, who was left to squirm in the green room on Thursday night as he fell out of the first round. Smith is the No. 1 prospect available entering the second round, according to NFLDraftScout.com's Dane Brugler. He was the No. 21 overall prospect entering the draft, but his slide was somewhat predictable after the Cleveland Browns chose to pass on him with the sixth pick and other teams opted not to trade into the second half of the first round.

The Jets have the seventh pick on Friday night, but teams ahead of them potentially interested in a quarterback include the Jaguars (33rd overall pick) and Cardinals (38) to go along with other teams that might be looking to trade up ahead of the Jets.

Matt Barkley also remains on the board, but it would appear unlikely the Jets would bring in Mark Sanchez's successor at Southern Cal to bring even more awkward drama to the quarterback position.

Syracuse's Ryan Nassib, the No. 4-ranked quarterback in this class by NFLDraftScout.com, is another potential target.

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