NY Jets draft potential Aaron Rodgers successor with high-upside Jordan Travis

The Jets have a new developmental QB!
Jordan Travis
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The NY Jets have drafted their potential Aaron Rodgers successor on Day 3 of the 2024 NFL Draft in the form of a player who was one of the most exciting players in all of college football last season.

Jordan Travis was a Heisman candidate and the reigning ACC Player of the Year in 2023 after putting together an outstanding senior season that saw him finish with 27 total touchdowns and just two interceptions.

Unfortunately, a broken leg suffered in November prematurely ended his season and any hopes Florida State had of winning a national championship. He now finds a new home as the Jets' developmental QB3 behind Rodgers and Tyrod Taylor.

The Jets brought Travis in for a top-30 visit before the draft along with Tulane's Michael Pratt. In the end, the Jets went with the Florida State star, likely because of his upside.

Could Jordan Travis be the NY Jets' successor for Aaron Rodgers?

Travis finished his Florida State career as one of the most accomplished players in program history. His 28 wins are tied for second-most by a QB in Seminoles history, while he set new school records in both total touchdowns and total offense.

If not for his tragic injury last season, there's a chance he may have gone as high as Day 2. Scouts have raved about his leadership qualities and mental makeup. It's easy to see why teammates have spoken so highly of him.

At 6-foot-1, 203 pounds, Travis is undersized for the quarterback position with only average arm strength and some understandable durability concerns. Still, there's a lot to like about him as a prospect.

Travis is a dynamic athlete with the ability to not only extend plays but create yards with his feet. He's shown improvement as a passer each year in college, to the point where his ability to throw downfield is genuinely a strength of his game at this stage.

Travis is going to a perfect situation where he will have the opportunity to develop behind two excellent mentors in Rodgers and Taylor. His size and modest arm talent limit his ceiling, but there's still genuine upside to his game.

This is another classic case of "don't bet against a guy who has continued to improve each year." Not to say that Travis can be another Jalen Hurts, but teams love Travis for the same reasons they loved the Eagles star coming out of college.

The Jets will develop Travis as their QB for a couple of years before, if all goes according to plan, he could compete for a starting job in the future. The Jets got a good one here — fans are going to like Jordan Travis.

Grade: B