Dec 28, 2014; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; New York Jets free safety Calvin Pryor (25) in the first quarter at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-USA TODAY Sports
The Jets have had mixed results lately in the first round of the NFL draft. Last year, it produced Calvin Pryor. The year before, it generated Sheldon Richardson, as well as Dee Milliner. The first round of the draft has lately given the Jets a bit less than a 50/50 success rate. Mike Maccagnan gets to take off in the right direction when the draft comes around in a few months.
Well, our friends at NFL Mocks have updated their weekly mock draft, which we are going to take a look at each week right here. We will look at their draft from the Jets perspective, and see what we think of the choice.
So you saw the headline, “Top Quarterback Falls to the New York Jets”. Which one is it? Which quarterback do the Jets get to take with the sixth overall pick in the draft?
Next: The Pick
Jan 12, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; Oregon Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota (8) scrambles against the Ohio State Buckeyes in the 2015 CFP National Championship Game at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
None other than Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon.
The Jets and new head coach Todd Bowles capitalize on the opportunity to get a new franchise quarterback with the fall of Marcus Mariota here, and even with the way Geno Smith played at the end of the season, I think this would be a player they couldn’t pass up on. Mariota has all the physical tools you look for in a QB, he just needs a system that will suit his skills for the long term.
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Take a look at the full mock by clicking here.
There is no surprise to see the Jets take a quarterback. It seems that the Jets have been in a decades long search for a quarterback in the NFL draft to be a franchise quarterback. I just don’t think this is the right one. I am not a fan of Mariota’s fundamentals, and not sold on whether or not he will be a great pro. I think he is a project and that is not who the Jets want to take.
What do you think?