Aug. 18, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith (7) on the sidelines against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports
Granted let’s assume I already know the whole spill about giving a rookie QB time to be adequately developed and being patient with said rookie QB and blah blah blah and sneeze and so on and so forth. This isn’t really about the obvious and what Geno Smith will need in order to become the QB the Jets need, this is more about what the Jets should do within the next 7.5 months to bolster the most important position on the team if they see fit to do so. I know what you’re saying right now while reading this and the answer is yes, I do love Hibachi entirely too much and I know you’re also saying that its way too early in the season (well the actual season hasn’t even started yet) to be discussing this but I disagree obviously as if I didn’t you wouldn’t be reading this. Yes, I know that there are A LOT of variables to consider when attempting to suggest or figure out what the Jets should do about the QB position over the next 7.5 months but make no mistakes about it, the Jets are creeping closer and closer to a cross-road re the QB position and decisions must be made once we reach that point.
What “cross roads” you ask? Glad you asked. In case you don’t know or simply don’t follow college football, next April’s (2014) QB class is projected to be one of the best QB classes in recent history. Nothing is for certain of course as we have to discover who is declaring and who isn’t, who stock will rise and who will fall etc……but for the most part, it’s shaping up to be a heck of a class, a class with potentially more than one franchise QB within it and that’s putting it mildly.
Here’s a list of the April 2014 draft eligible QBs who I believe should all have scouts going crazy by next April;
Teddy Bridgewater, Junior, Lousiville, 6’3′” 218
Tajh Boyd, Junior, Clemson, 6’1″ 225
Johnny Manziel, Sophomore, Texas A&M 6’1″ 200
Derek Carr, Senior, Fresno State 6’3″ 205
AJ McCarron, Senior, Alabama 6’4″ 214
David Fales, Junior, San Jose State, 6’3″ 220
Aaron Murray, Senior, Georgia, 6’1″, 211
Logan Thomas, Junior, VT, 6’6″ 262
Stephen Morris, Senior, 6’2″ 214
Braxton Miller, Junior, 6’2″ 215
Just to be clear, these are the prospects that I…… ME……. I……MYSELF believe will be who the NFL scouts will be licking their chops over leading up to next April’s draft. Of course there are more prospects that maybe better or prospects that of course will possibly and probably emerge from out of “nowhere” but these are the prospects that I believe have the potential to become real great NFL QB even franchise QBs. So what does this mean for the Jets?