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Jets should go quarterback in the first round of 2017 NFL Draft

Jan 1, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish quarterback DeShone Kizer (14) against the Ohio State Buckeyes during the 2016 Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 1, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish quarterback DeShone Kizer (14) against the Ohio State Buckeyes during the 2016 Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
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Make no mistake about it, the New York Jets need to draft another quarterback in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft.

It’s a pretty widely accepted belief that the quarterback position is the most important position on the field.  It’s also pretty widely accepted that that is the area in which the New York Jets could use the most improvement.  Free agency is always an option, but this year’s class doesn’t really have any top tier talent at the quarterback position.

The only other viable solution is to look in the 2017 NFL Draft.  The Jets pick at No. 6 in the first round so it’s safe to say one of the top three quarterback prospects should be available when it comes time to pick.

In my opinion, DeShone Kizer is the best quarterback in this year’s draft.  He has a cannon for an arm (possibly the strongest in the draft) and has laser accuracy on those throws.  While he is not quite a mobile quarterback, he has amazing mobility in the pocket.  He knows where to stay and shift to in order to make blocking for him even easier on his offensive linemen.

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Kizer probably could’ve used another year in college to mature some more and improve his game a little bit, but if he’s declared for the draft I’m taking him. Of the five teams picking ahead of the Jets in the draft, three desperately need a quarterback, so if another team believes the same as me and takes Kizer who should be our backup?

Mitch Trubisky doesn’t have quite the cannon that Kizer does, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have a great arm.  What he lacks in his throwing ability he makes up for with his ability to extend plays with his legs.  This guy can move around outside the pocket and avoid defenders with the best of them.  It’ll be interesting to see how he fares against NFL level defensive players, but he should be just fine.

There is one more quarterback that you could make a case for taking with the No. 6  overall pick.  Deshaun Watson came into the season as top-rated quarterback, but that wouldn’t last.  He is coming off of a national championship win for Clemson where he played amazingly against an equally impressive defense.  But his play during the regular season was a little unnerving.

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Watson has more mobility than Kizer, but less than Trubisky.  His arm is great and overall he is a solid prospect and deserves to go in the first round.  But the big problem is in his decision making.  Throws into double coverage when better options were available.  Holding the ball too long.  No huge red flags but definitely something to notice when considering taking him in the first round.

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