Who should the Jets draft with No. 6 overall pick?
By Matthew Ordazzo
With the 2018 NFL Draft a few short months away, the mock draft season is now officially upon us. Who will the New York Jets take with their infamous third straight sixth-overall pick in this year’s Draft?
The 2017 NFL season is now officially in the record books as the Philadelphia Eagles vanquished the New England Patriots 41-33. With weekly football off the air, for the time being, the focus shifts towards the New York Jets offseason.
It’s only been about a week since the Super Bowl, yet the league has already created waves with recent re-signings and acquisitions. The Kansas City Chiefs agreed to trade Alex Smith to the Washington Redskins in exchange for a third-round pick and CB Kendall Fuller. Given the situation, Kirk Cousins will be on the move during the offseason. The San Francisco 49ers also just made Jimmy Garoppolo the highest paid NFL player in history with a five-year, $137.5 million contract.
Now its New York’s turn to make a splash. It’s time for the Jets to select its young franchise QB during 2018 NFL Draft. With the teams third consecutive sixth-overall pick in which the team has chosen back to back studs in Leonard Williams and Jamal Adams, the time is approaching for Gang Green to make another successful selection. No, I don’t mean Sam Darnold, nor am I referring to Baker Mayfield or Josh Allen. I’m referring to the UCLA Bruin, Josh Rosen.
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In terms of talent and film review, Rosen should be at the top of this deep QB draft class. With the noise getting louder surrounding Cleveland’s affiliation with Allen, Rosen could very well make it past the first overall selection. If the Giants stick with Eli Manning and travel down the running back route and select Saquon Barkley, Allen will make it past No. 2.
From there on you have Indianapolis, Cleveland once more, and Denver before the Jets make their choice. Gotham may have to trade up to select the young QB, however, the decision will pay off in the end. Rosen has a tall frame of 6″4′ and a billed weight of 218 pounds. His tall stature supplies him with the ability to see over the offensive line. Once he connects with an NFL strength and conditioning coach, his weight will increase giving him the ability to withstand any sort of defensive line punishment.
Besides his physique, Rosen had his best statistical season this year throwing for 3,717 yards with a TD-INT ratio of 26-10. He had a high of a 62.6 QB completion percentage with a QBR of 147.0. According to the Charlie Campbell of Walter Football, here’s an excerpt of their scouting report of Rosen:
Of the top quarterback prospects for the 2018 NFL Draft, Rosen has the best mechanics and is the most natural pocket passer. He throws a tremendous ball and can really spin it. Rosen’s tight spiral helps him to get his passes through tight windows and beat good coverage. There is no throw that Rosen can’t make for the NFL, and instantly next fall, he will be among the stronger arms of the starting quarterbacks in the league. The ball just explodes out of his hand, and you don’t see his passes wobble when he goes downfield.
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In the grand scheme of it all, the Jets have to make it past free agency before we predict their first-round draft pick. If Cousins lands in Green and White that obviously changes the game plan. If he winds up in Orange and White with the Broncos than drafting a quarterback in Round 1 is a go. Only free agency will tell whether or not the Jets cash in on a QB with their first-round selection. If they go this route, Rosen would ideally be their best choice if he’s available when they’re on the clock.