Mike Maccagnan wisely opted not to draft a quarterback
The New York Jets made the right decision by going with safety Jamal Adams over taking a quarterback in the grand scheme of things.
When the New York Jets were on the clock with the No. 6 overall pick, they had so many options to consider. Earlier, the Chicago Bears shocked the football world by giving up so much just to move up in the draft order and select quarterback Mitchell Trubisky.
As fans in the Windy City were furious, fans of the Jets were probably also worried they would follow suit and take the next best available quarterback. General manager Mike Maccagnan is known for doing what is best for the franchise and well, the Jets still don’t have a definitive answer as to who will be under center this upcoming season.
As the Jets were ready to make their final decision, they wisely drafted safety Jamal Adams to help address one of their biggest team needs. The defensive secondary of the Jets was in dire need of talent as Adams should be a force to reckon with come Week 1. Adams is easily an upgrade over anyone currently on the roster and well, it’s best they went down this path rather than waste their No. 6 overall pick on a quarterback.
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None of the quarterbacks in this year’s draft are elite, some are good, but it’s not like anyone is a guaranteed Week 1 starter. Sure, if the Jets selected quarterback Deshaun Watson since he was indeed available for the taking, it would have caused quite the buzz in the city that never sleeps but it wouldn’t have been a smart decision.
The Jets need to finally see what they have in both Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg. While it would make sense to draft another quarterback either in Round 3 or even later on in this year’s draft, none of these quarterbacks were worth a top-ten pick. Maccagnan made the right choice that for the most part, fans of the Jets are thrilled about.
Maccagnan knew there was no reason to reach for any of these quarterbacks and more than likely stuck to his draft board. He selected Adams who by all accounts, will be a defensive star for years to come on a defense that needed a top-tier talent.