Jets don’t have a consensus as to quarterback, yet

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Three weeks ago today, the Jets jumped three spots in round one, from No. 6 to No. 3. They presumably are looking for a quarterback. As explained by Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, the Jets still haven’t settled on which one they want.

The chatter during the league meetings in Orlando was that the Jets want Baker Mayfield. Mehta recently explained that some within the organization have concerns about Mayfield’s height. While other quarterbacks on the short end of the spectrum have thrived — from Fran Tarkenton to Doug Flutie to Drew Brees to Russell Wilson — success without the ability to see over the scrum of linemen requires, among other things, great anticipation and flawless footwork.

As Mehta notes, Mayfield had off-the-charts completion percentage at Oklahoma. The Jets, however, have concerns about his footwork.

Ultimately, the decision will be made by G.M. Mike Maccagnan, who surely has at a minimum a strong lean, with the draft only 19 days away. Through it all, the reality remains that the Jets need to be willing to take whichever quarterback is third on their list, because the chance remains that No. 1 and No. 2 will be long gone by the time the Jets are on the clock.

From a P.R. standpoint, this makes it critical for Maccagnan to keep his cards close to the vest. Ultimately, he needs to be able to say that he got his No. 1 guy at No. 3. Even if he didn’t.

27 responses to “Jets don’t have a consensus as to quarterback, yet

  1. Since there is no consensus number one quarterback, it doesn’t follow that the quarterback they choose would be the third on their list. Could be the first or second on THEIR list. Unless the OP knows that the best of the first three chosen is really the best.

  2. I think the Jets do have a consensus for their #1 QB. They need to be able to say after the draft how fortunate they were in having him fall to them at the number three draft slot.

  3. So they gave up three 2nd round picks to move up a couple of spots and they have no idea which guy they want to draft? Well ok then…..the Jets being the Jets.

  4. Geeze one would think they made that trade with a specific player in mind that they didn’t feel would fall to 6, not just “some really good QB”.

    SMH

  5. “Through it all, the reality remains that the Jets need to be willing to take whichever quarterback is third on their list, because the chance remains that No. 1 and No. 2 will be long gone by the time the Jets are on the clock.”

    Ten minutes is the ‘longest’ gone the first pick can be from the time the Jete go on the clock, there will be no time at all between pick 2 and the Jete going on the clock.

  6. The Jets probably know exactly who they want. However, they are too smart to divulge that to any media member. If they did leak a name, I would bet big bucks that is not who they would draft #3.

  7. Essentially they eliminated any possibility of teams x, y and z from leap frogging them into spots 5, 4 and 3. If the Giants don’t go QB then the Jets get the 2nd QB off the board and just maybe it’s their first choice of QB. Smooth move!

  8. Since when is Manish Mehta knowledgeable of the Jets front office preferences?
    Did some unnamed source leak this to him?
    The teams ahead of teh Jets will probably take good QB prospects, and teh jets will be happy to get whoever is left.

  9. Why is there such interest in what the Jets or any other team may say or think before the draft? Nobody knows for sure, and it’s common sense and strategy not to tell anyone what they really think.

  10. Of course they have a consensus, they had a consensus before free agency started!!
    They have a plan and they are executing it, whoever they feel is their guy, they have already decided who they will pick…I hope its Allen

  11. Not a Kap fan at all, don’t think the anthem is the place to protest, but if Mayfield is their guy, sign Kap. Mayfield will not be starting this year and your going to need a guy who you don’t mind getting beat up. Plus Kap can escape the picket.

  12. Nobody is signing Kaepernick. Nobody. He’s suing the league….not 1 team will bring a guy in who is in the process of gathering evidence against all 32 teams. It’s over for #7 and the NFL.

  13. Question. Maybe someone can answer because I don’t know for sure –

    Has any team ever traded up to the #3 pick this far out from the draft before (6 weeks)?

    I can’t think of any.

    I know the Eagles traded up to #2 a couple weeks before the draft. But by that point they basically knew the Rams were taking Goff and felt very comfortable they could get their guy – Wentz – at #2. So they were trading up for 1 specific QB, not 3.

    This just seems like a reckless move by a desperate GM in my opinion. He seems willing to throw a dart at any 1 of 3 QBs at the top of the draft, hoping it sticks. And he made this move before he even had a chance to have any of these QBs in for a pre draft visit, or put them through a private workout.

    The chances of 3 QBs at the top of this draft being worth FOUR top 49 picks are very slim. The odds are heavily against it.

  14. The Jets are, perhaps wisely (based on their history of roster construction), going the “let Portland step in it” -route. By picking at 3, they can let another team draft Sam Bowie or Greg Oden, then catch the HOFer that falls to them.

  15. Not a Kap fan at all, don’t think the anthem is the place to protest, but if Mayfield is their guy, sign Kap. Mayfield will not be starting this year and your going to need a guy who you don’t mind getting beat up. Plus Kap can escape the picket.
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    I wish I could escape the picket.

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