The New York Jets traded up to the third overall pick in move that clearly indicates their intent to draft a quarterback. The Cleveland Browns have been strongly linked to USC’s Sam Darnold, and the New York Giants claim to have no intent of drafting a quarterback.
3. Josh Allen
With his incredible arm strength, it is no surprise that Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen has some NFL insiders quite smitten. The Jets have been linked to Allen for a long time, but there are some major concerns about his game. While his arm strength is unparalleled, his accuracy is a major concern. In fact, he has only completed roughly 56 percent of his passes throughout his college career. Allen also played at a mid-major and struggled against better competition. While Allen has tools that can’t be taught, his red flags are flying high. The Jets would be wise to look in another direction.
2. Josh Rosen
UCLA’s Josh Rosen is the most well refined quarterback of the group and a very strong argument could be made for taking him with the third pick. Rosen has impeccable technique and does best when he is able to stand and deliver in the pocket. The Jets have several issues outside of the quarterback position and perhaps the most important of those is left tackle. Putting Rosen behind a flawed offensive line could be a recipe for disaster. While Rosen has the tools to be a star in the NFL, putting him in a bad situation could ruin him.
1. Baker Mayfield
Although his attitude is one of the big concerns surrounding Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield, it may be what makes him the perfect fit for the Jets. His cocky swagger could be just what doctor ordered in New York. Mayfield can survive bad pass protection and can create when a play breaks down. He has strong leadership qualities that help a team get through the tough time. In a perfect situation, Rosen or Allen could be a better fit, but has what it takes to pull a team out of a slump even if the talent level isn’t yet what it needs to be.