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Jan 9, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; Clemson Tigers quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) drops back against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 9, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; Clemson Tigers quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) drops back against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
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Heading into the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft, the New York Jets need to address their quarterback situation once and for all.

The 2017 NFL Draft class is chock full of talent, most of which is on the defensive side. The New York Jets have not drafted an offensive player in the first round since 2009 when they drafted quarterback Mark Sanchez.

Although traditional defensive first round picks and a loaded defensive class sounds like a recipe for success, it’s just the opposite. The Jets have a knack for drafting the wrong guy half the time (Kyle Wilson, Quinton Coples, etc.), and the ones they got right all seem to play the same position.

Since the Jets know this year’s draft class is stacked at defensive back and other defensive positions outside of the first round, they can address those needs later on. But after Round 1 is in the books, all the top quarterbacks will be gone. To end their issues at quarterback once and for all, the Jets need to draft quarterback Deshaun Watson from Clemson for two big reasons.

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First, this guy is a winner; he led Clemson to two consecutive National Championships with Clemson, along with one title knocking off Saban and the Alabama dynasty from their throne. Second, offense sells tickets; New York confidence and fan spirit are at all time lows. Watson presents a new hope and potential Pro Bowl-caliber talent.

Now, I know lots of mock drafts you may be seeing include some names other than Watson coming off the board at No. 6. Guys like Marshon Lattimore (CB, Ohio State) and Mitchell Trubisky (QB, North Carolina) have been talked about.

The number of fans that would convert their fandom over a Trubisky pick is innumerable. Everybody knows he has only played thirteen games as a college starter, and nobody wants the Jets to take a player we are unsure about.

Without Watson, the Jets will continue to develop quarterbacks that will never lead them to the promised land. All in all, not drafting Watson will result in more fan sorrow for the under-achieving Jets. Especially since they’re in a rebuilding phase and still have no idea who their franchise quarterback is.

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