Saturday, May 10, 2014
W2W4: A quarterback on Day 3?
By Rich Cimini
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Prepare for a hectic Saturday with the New York Jets:
Picks: The Jets own a league-high nine selections, including three in the opening round -- the fourth (104, 115 and 137). The first pick came from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the Darrelle Revis trade. Remember that? They also have one in the fifth round (154), four in the sixth (195, 209, 210, 213) and one in the seventh (233). Four of the nine are compensatory picks, which can't be traded.
Outlook: It won't be a dull day, that's for sure. There are so many intriguing storylines for the Jets. Could they draft a quarterback? Yes, it's possible. They did a lot of scouting work on a few of the remaining quarterbacks. Maybe they will get around to drafting a much-needed wide receiver. It's one of the deepest receiver drafts in history, and the Jets have yet to take one. They also haven't selected any of the big fellas, meaning offensive linemen or pass rushers. Another possibility is defensive end Michael Sam, who will be the story of Day 3. Not surprisingly, he's still on the board. Sam, the first openly gay NFL prospect, isn't a great scheme fit for the Jets, so the chances would seem unlikely.
Potential targets: The fourth round is prime quarterback territory. The top names for the Jets are Logan Thomas (Virginia Tech), Aaron Murray (Georgia), Tom Savage (Pitt) and Zach Mettenberger (LSU), who has a big-time arm but comes with injury and character questions. The team is intrigued by Thomas, who has a rifle for an arm (albeit erratic) and plenty of athletic upside. Later on, Tajh Boyd (Clemson) is a distinct possibility. The Jets have met several times with Boyd throughout the scouting process. AJ McCarron (Alabama) still is available, but there wasn't any pre-draft buzz connecting him to the Jets. At wide receiver, there are a couple of interesting players, Martavis Bryant (Clemson) and Bruce Ellington (South Carolina).
Trades: With nine picks, you'd have to think potential trades are a possibility. John Idzik's next in-draft trade (for picks) will be his first. Ever.