NY Jets interested in adding a quarterback in the 2020 NFL Draft
By K. Jared Wright
The NY Jets added some serious talent in the first three rounds of the 2020 NFL Draft. But if reports are to be believed, they could target a quarterback on Day 3.
The first three rounds of the 2020 NFL Draft are in the books and the NY Jets have addressed numerous holes throughout the roster. Jets general manager Joe Douglas has been wheeling and dealing, trading down with the Seattle Seahawks and the **gasp** New England Patriots.
The Jets found help on both sides of the football, drafting Baylor wide receiver Denzel Mims, California defensive back Ashtyn Davis, and Florida edge rusher Jabari Zuniga. Additionally, the Jets stockpiled picks for the remainder of the draft.
We will see the Jets on the board early and often through Day 3, as they have three picks in the fourth round (No. 120, 125 and, 129) And they also received the 2021 sixth-round pick they obtained in the trade with the Patriots for wide receiver Demaryius Thomas.
As it stands, the Jets are going into rounds 4-7 with six picks. The hope is they will cap off the 2020 NFL Draft utilizing the selections to best fill holes going into the season. One of the lesser mentioned needs that the team still has to take care of is at backup quarterback.
Yes, this is Sam Darnold‘s team. That being said, there was a tremendous, noticeable void in his absence last season when he was unable to play. The team floundered with all backup quarterbacks last year, going 0-3 in games Darnold missed.
While the Jets do currently have quarterback David Fales signed, this is hardly the answer to the problem. No matter how much history Fales has with Adam Gase, he is not providing the depth the Jets sorely lack.
If Darnold ends up unable to play, it is foolhardy to think they will have an immediate franchise quarterback waiting in the wings in his stead.
That being said, the opportunity to close this noticeable gap has arisen. There is plenty of talent available for the Jets taking throughout Day 3 to solidify the backup quarterback position.
The Jets evidently feel they need to close this gap as well, as they had virtual pre-draft meetings with five quarterback prospects. As a result, there has been plenty of speculation that the team is interested in drafting a quarterback on Day 3 today.
Mehta cites Hall of Fame general manager Ron Wolf who he said “lived by the belief that you should draft a quarterback every year no matter what. It was smart business to explore as many options as often as possible at the most pivotal position in team sports.”
Princeton’s Kevin Davidson, Florida International’s James Morgan, Michigan’s Shea Patterson, Virginia’s Bryce Perkins, and Iowa’s Nate Stanley were all interviewed by the Jets during the pre-draft process.
While all prospects certainly have their flaws, it would be beneficial for the team to acquire one of these quarterbacks to keep on the roster for development.
Who knows, perhaps down the line the value for one of these Day 3 prospects ascends to a point where the team can trade them for more than their initial investment.