Reactions to the New York Jets 2013 NFL Draft Day 2 Selections

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Apr 26, 2013; New York, NY, USA; Geno Smith (West Virginia) is introduced as the number thirty-ninth overall pick to the New York Jets during the 2013 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

All right, here we go. I am sure you all knew that I would have quite a bit to say on this subject. Let’s get right to it.

I don’t like it. Let me start there. No, it is not because I think that Mark Sanchez can still get the job done. I do, and I know that I am in the minority on that, but that is not why I don’t like the move. The move isn’t a good one because the second round was too early for ANY of these quarterbacks.

Here is some video on Geno in a game vs. Maryland:

His mechanics, and therefore his accuracy are too inconsistent to be a franchise quarterback. He’ll step into his throws and they will be things of beauty. Other times, he is throwing flat-footed, and his throws aren’t so accurate. This tape, to me, is not the tape of a franchise quarterback, deserving of a pick in the first two rounds. He is not a guy that you build a team around.

The Jets would have been better suited looking for offensive WEAPONS early, and taking a quarterback that is a project, later in the draft. Quarterbacks that are not franchise quarterbacks need to have great weapons around him. Say Geno ends up winning the job. How will the situation be different for him than it would be for Mark? There will still be a lack of weapons at his disposal. See? It seems backwards to me.

What does it say about the circus around the team as well? Coming into this draft, the Jets had two quarterbacks that garner a lot of media attention, in Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow. Instead of improving the offense as a group, they bring in a THIRD quarterback that is going to draw a lot of attention from our friends in the press. The logic of that escapes me. In later rounds I could have justified it more, but not on the second round. The player needs to have much more sound fundamentals.

It also brings into question the coaching situation. We have all assumed that this is going to be the last year for Rex Ryan and company. But, now they bring in a quarterback, that pretty much says they are starting all over again. Do you then bring in a whole new coaching staff next year, that didn’t choose this quarterback? Wouldn’t that be tantamount to starting over….AGAIN? Does this move mean that Rex gets a long-term extension to try to make it work with Geno Smith? The move creates a lot of uncertainty.

So, with all things considered, I give the day a B+. How about all of you?

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  • matr dontelli iii

    i give it a flat b because ivory is really a day three pick equivalent. i certainly understand your points. i think the fact that idzik inherited ryan is overblown. i think he is genuinely content to have ryan as a head coach though he probably wasn’t thrilled to hear him criticize the orioles over their schedule last week. i wish rex could control himself, though i don’t see THAT happening. though he could certainly be released after the season, i really don’t think idzik is thinking that way. i don’t think he’s got a foot out the door like so many others do. i wasn’t thrilled with the smith selection but will trust in idzik. i’m in agreement with you on mark, however, if idzik thinks he’s not the guy for the job and he likes what he sees in smith, well, while it wouldn’t be my choice, they didn’t ask me and i think idzik knows more than we do. i’m all aboard until it goes south, which i don’t think it will. i think this guy is sharp as a tack and confident in himself and his ways. he may be a first-time gm, but he knows what he’s doing, he’s been around he block a few times. IIWT

    • TheJetPress

      Maybe he is content with Rex, you could be right. It just seems to me that he has stripped Rex of many of “his guys”, DeVito, Bart, Darrelle, now Mark has one foot out the door. I do agree that Idzik is a confident guy, seems to get what he wants to get done. We shall see how it goes moving forward.

      • matr dontelli iii

        While he may have ‘stripped Rex of many of “his guys”‘, I don’t think there’s any doubt that they had to go (for monetary reasons, except Bart) and with the replacements we should be better off talent wise with the exception of the injury-prone cornerback they traded away

      • matr dontelli iii

        I do hope they allow mark to compete. Actually, he must have spoken to Carroll about mark, probably in depth. I can’t imagine them releasing him, though I couldn’t imagine them picking a cornerback either.

        • TheJetPress

          we should be more talented with the replacements as you said below…very true. I don’t see them just releasing him either, but you know this team, anything can happen.

  • John Szeligowski Jr.

    I agree with you all around! I didn’t mind the cornerback pick only because I was pretty sure that Winters would still be around, but to go with Smith in the 3rd round bothered me on a couple of levels. OL is a major position of need and they let a lot of great talent go right past them at that position, but still they needed a corner and definitely had to take one of those DT’s. Going with Smith only says to me that they went with the best perceived talent on the board regardless of what would have been best for them, and that I don’t like. If we were willing to say bye-bye to Sanchez from the outright we could’ve made a better play for Matt Moore who is actually a good NFL QB and still young. Second, you pass up on an OL again, and the 2nd tier of them went pretty quickly…Winters is probably top tier so I think we got lucky. Going with Moore we could’ve picked a WR a little sooner, assuming that’s the plan now, and we have about a billion picks next year to pick a better QB, even two if we want. Very puzzling.

    • TheJetPress

      Thanks. That’s a great word for the draft so far…puzzling. It has been weird. It seems they are going away from need and just doing BPA, which could work, remains to be seen.