In his first and only 2018 NFL mock draft of the year, Sports Illustrated’s Peter King has the New York Jets selecting quarterback Josh Rosen out of UCLA with the No. 3 overall pick.
As the 2018 NFL Draft is on the horizon, you’ll undoubtedly see a plethora of mock drafts hit the internet. When it comes to Sports Illustrated’s Peter King, he only does one a year and it’s usually a few days before the yearly event. He clearly sees the New York Jets making a tough decision between two top quarterbacks that are still on the draft board but end up going with the safer pick. More on that in just a moment.
The first two picks in King’s mock draft is pretty much what the football world expects. The Cleveland Browns will easily draft quarterback Sam Darnold out of USC and the New York Giants will add a dynamic offensive playmaker to their team by selecting running back Saquon Barkley out of Penn State.
At this point in time, the Jets have to decide between quarterbacks Josh Allen, Baker Mayfield, or Josh Rosen. It’s not an easy decision but King knows that in the grand scheme of things, Rosen is the clear-cut answer to finally fix the Jets problems with the most important position on the team.
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Here’s what King had to say about the Jets going with Rosen over any other quarterback in his mock draft featured on SI.com:
Could be Baker Mayfield, easily. And there have been times in this process when I was sure it would be Mayfield. But I give the Jets the surest QB thing in this draft, as long as you can live with the specter of his two documented concussions and all the noise (which I consider total bullcrap) about Rosen’s life of other interests. The Jets need a player who can be suave, sophisticated and ready for Broadway, and this quarterback is as ready as any since Namath.
Bringing someone like Mayfield to the city that never sleeps could turn into a complete and utter disaster. His personality and swagger will easily be a major turnoff to many teams and especially fans if he starts acting up when things don’t go his way.
Rosen? He’s capable of starting as early as Week 1 of his rookie season but luckily, the Jets have a great structure in place to not rush his development as he transitions into the pros. With Josh McCown and Teddy Bridgewater in the mix, Rosen won’t have to start anytime soon unless of course, he starts to play lights out football immediately in training camp.
Ideally, the Jets will likely start the regular season with McCown or Bridgewater under center and only resort to Rosen if there are major injuries or a steep decline in play where he’s the only option worth checking out. Out of the Big 4 at quarterback, Rosen has the most upside to not only deliver on the field but not bring any distractions off it.