Jets should still draft a quarterback in 2018
By Samuel Sutton
Fans are happy about what the New York Jets’ new quarterback Josh McCown has brought to the table, but is he the long-term answer?
During the offseason, the New York Jets made a move that shocked, and even upset fans. They brought in veteran quarterback Josh McCown. It was weird because the team had just let go of some of their older stars. Fans wondered if the Jets made the right decision.
After ten games, it is pretty clear that bringing McCown in was the right decision, for this season anyway. In these ten starts, he has thrown for 2,242 yards, 14 touchdowns and has a completion percentage of 69 percent. He also has 70 yards and three touchdowns on the ground.
While he has brought some success to this team, he is probably not the long-term answer. Let’s face it, McCown is 38 years old and has already played 15 seasons in the NFL. Unless he secretly stole some of Tom Brady‘s health potion during the team’s last game against the New England Patriots, he probably wants to retire soon.
Since this is the case, the Jets need to be in the market for a quarterback in the 2018 NFL Draft. We have seen enough of Bryce Petty to know that he’s not the franchise guy, and since Christian Hackenberg hasn’t seen any regular season action in his two years in the NFL, it seems pretty obvious he isn’t the answer.
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The team has plenty of options to choose from in the draft. Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield has been phenomenal, throwing for 3,816 yards and 35 touchdowns. These stats have made him the front-runner for the Heisman trophy.
Another option could be UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen, who has thrown for 3,515 yards and 24 touchdowns. He hasn’t done as good as Mayfield, but he’s still been dominant. The best part about him is that if the Jets aren’t able to get a quarterback early, they may be able to grab him in the second round.
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These are only a couple of options, but the bottom line is the Jets need to get a quarterback. While it is great that McCown has done so well, he is not the future. If this team wants to become a long-term playoff contender, they need to look into getting a young talented franchise quarterback.