2015 NFL Draft: New York Jets Take The Marquee Quarterback, or Not


Jan 21, 2015; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets new general manager Mike Maccagnan speaks during a press conference at Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. Mandatory Credit: William Perlman/NJ Advance Media for NJ.com via USA TODAY Sports

Good evening Jets fans. Time to take a couple of more shots at what Mike Maccagnan might do when the draft rolls around. It’s time to see what the experts have to say, and give our point of view, when we look at two mock drafts.

Mock drafts are all over at this time of year as you all know. The Combine is approaching, and we all know what our teams need, so everyone is chiming in with their version of how the draft is going to play out. We are going to take a look at two of them, from a Jets perspective of course.

The first comes from the NFL website. Lance Zeirlein is a draft analyst for the website, and he came out with his mock draft this week. Who does he have the Jets choosing with their first pick, the number six overall?

Next: Zeirlein's Pick

Jan 12, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; Oregon Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota (8) runs with the ball against the Ohio State Buckeyes during the game at AT&T Stadium. The Buckeyes defeated the Ducks 42-20. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon

There is a brand new regime in place for the Jets and finding a new face of the franchise should be high on the priority list.

You can read the rest of his mock draft by clicking here.

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You know how I feel about this by now. I don’t like it. Marcus Mariota is not the top-ten, pro-ready quarterback that some are touting him to be. He is inaccurate, and his footwork is bad. It’s nice to be able to make plays with your feet, but you have to make all of the throws to be a quarterback in the NFL, and Marcus Mariota is not the guy ready to do that. I hope the Jets draft elsewhere.

Our second draft for tonight comes from Pat Kirwan, national NFL Insider for CBS Sports. In his draft, both of the quarterbacks are gone before the Jets, as is Amari Cooper. So, who does Kirwan have the Jets choosing with the sixth pick of the draft?

Next: Kirwan's Pick

Nov 22, 2014; Gainesville, FL, USA; Florida Gators defensive lineman Dante Fowler Jr. (6) against the Eastern Kentucky Colonels during the first quarter at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Dante Fowler Jr., OLB, Florida

The Jets have a ton of needs but without a quarterback at this spot it makes sense to get an OLB/pass rusher to get after Tom Brady.

Take a look at his entire mock here.

Of the two featured drafts, I more than prefer this one. There really isn’t a lot of choice here, since Cooper is gone, as well as the two quarterbacks. As I have said before, the Jets could go offensive line here as well, but a dominating rusher off of the edge would be a solid choice as well.

In Fowler’s final year of school, he posted 60 tackles, including 15 for loss, 8.5 sacks and two forced fumbles. This would be a fine choice for the Jets to draft here.

What do you think?

Next: 2015 Mock Draft: Jets Choose Amari Cooper