Mike Maccagan’s Jets tenure wasn’t total disaster


The Post takes a look look at the highs and lows of Mike Maccagnan’s tenure as the Jets’ general manager which came to an end on Wednesday:

Highs

Sam Darnold: Trading up to land the USC quarterback in last year’s draft — Maccagnan dealt three second-round picks to the Colts to swap first-rounders — was the best move in his time as Jets general manager, and it isn’t close. Darnold performed well as a rookie, considering the lack of talent around him, and could be the franchise quarterback the organization has lacked since Joe Namath.

Jamal Adams: Maccagnan’s 2017 first-round pick (sixth overall) reached the Pro Bowl in his second season and has star potential as the linchpin to the Jets’ secondary.

Quality finds: The smaller moves were some of Maccagnan’s best. He signed wide receiver Robby Anderson as an undrafted free agent in 2016. He traded a seventh-round pick to the Colts for defensive lineman Henry Anderson last April, and Anderson had seven sacks.

Lows

Christian Hackenberg: Maccagnan was never quite able to live this pick down, taking the Penn State quarterback in the second round of the 2016 draft. Hackenberg never threw a pass in an NFL game, he was that bad. Meanwhile, the Jets missed out on difference makers such as linebacker Deion Jones, wide receiver Tyler Boyd and defensive lineman Yannick Ngakoue, all of whom were taken after Hackenberg.

Big signings: From Darrelle Revis to Muhammad Wilkerson to Trumaine Johnson, when Maccagnan spent big, it didn’t lead to very productive results. Revis and Wilkerson were unproductive after receiving big contracts. Johnson still can live up to his five-year, $72.5 million deal, though his first injury-plagued season was a flop.

Non-first-round draft picks: Maccagnan did well in the first round, picking players such as Darnold, Adams and Leonard Williams, but the other selections were problematic. There were so many draft misses, from second-rounders such as Hackenberg and Devin Smith to third-rounders Lorenzo Mauldin and ArDarius Stewart.