Jets could be focused on Sanchez

Updated: April 24, 2009, 7:02 PM ET
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In a one-on-one interview with ESPN's Sal Paolantonio, general manager Mike Tannenbaum said the New York Jets are looking to move up in the first round from the No. 17 pick.

Tannenbaum said the Jets could be moving for any number of players.

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The Jets make an aggressive trade with the Browns to draft USC QB Mark Sanchez.

"We are not fixated on Mark Sanchez," Tannenbaum said of the USC quarterback. But league sources say the Jets are competing with the Washington Redskins for Sanchez. The Redskins, at No. 12, are in a better position to move up to No. 4 to take Sanchez.

"Moving from 17 to four is heavy lifting for the Jets," one general manager said.

The Jets are hoping that Sanchez falls further, perhaps to No. 8. They have already discussed a possible swap with the Jaguars for their pick. The Jets are keeping an eye on other offensive talent in the first round, including Maryland wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey and Oklahoma State tight end Brandon Pettigrew. Moving up for either player is a distinct possibility for the Jets.

Sal Paolantonio is an NFL reporter for ESPN.