The Post is looking at the ups and downs of Mike Maccagnan's tenure as CEO of the Jets, which ended Wednesday:
Sam Darnold: The acquisition of the USC quarterback striker in last year's draft (Maccagnan gave the Colts three second-round picks to swap players in the first round) was the best decision of his time as director General of the Jets, and it's not close. Darnold performed well as a rookie, considering the lack of talent around him, and could well be a quarter of the franchise whose organization has been missing since Joe Namath.
Jamal Adams: Maccagnan's first-round pick in 2017 (sixth overall) has reached the Pro Bowl in its second season and has star potential as a pivot for the Jets' secondary race.
Quality finds: The smallest movements were among the best of Maccagnan. He signed wide receiver Robby Anderson as an unregistered free agent in 2016. He traded a seventh round pick to the Colts against defensive lineman Henry Anderson last April, who had collected seven sacks.
Christian Hackenberg: Maccagnan has never been able to live this selection, taking Penn State quarterback in the second round of the 2016 draft. Hackenberg has never managed a pass in an NFL game, he was so bad . Meanwhile, the Jets have escaped decisive factors such as linebacker Deion Jones, wide receiver Tyler Boyd and defensive lineman Yannick Ngakoue, all of whom were arrested after Hackenberg.
Great dedications: From Darrelle Revis to Muhammad Wilkerson to Trumaine Johnson, when Maccagnan spent a lot of money, it did not yield very productive results. Revis and Wilkerson were unproductive after receiving large contracts. Johnson can still live up to his $ 72.5 million five-year contract, although his first season of injury series has been a failure.
Choice of projects other than the first round: Maccagnan played well in the first round by picking players such as Darnold, Adams and Leonard Williams, but the other selections were problematic. There were so many failed projects, from second-round players such as Hackenberg and Devin Smith to third-rounders Lorenzo Mauldin and ArDarius Stewart.