New York Jets: JImmy Garoppolo

Jets draft preview: Quarterback

April, 28, 2014
Apr 28
This is the first installment in a position-by-position analysis of the New York Jets as they prepare for the draft:

Position: Quarterback

Current personnel: Geno Smith (signed through 2016), Michael Vick (2014), Matt Simms (2014).

Projected starter: Smith.

Newcomers: Vick.

Departures: Mark Sanchez (released/Philadelphia Eagles), David Garrard (free agent).

Top salary-cap charge: Vick, $4 million.

Scouting report: Welcome to the hottest story on the team. The Smith-Vick battle in training camp will make most of the headlines, and with good reason. Right now, Vick is a better quarterback than Smith, especially since he's already familiar with Marty Mornhinweg's system, but the playing field is tilted in Smith's favor because he's a lot younger and could be the future of the franchise. Key words: Could be. They won't be as patient with him as they were last season, when, by all rights, he should've been benched. Smith fought through the adversity to finish on an upbeat note, but there needs to be a carryover. Ball security will be key, as both quarterbacks have struggled with turnovers. Since 2011, Vick has committed one turnover for every 28 dropbacks (not good). For Smith, it was one every 21 dropbacks as a rookie (not good at all).

The last time: The Jets stopped Smith's free fall last spring, drafting him in the second round and changing the landscape of the position.

Potential targets: With Smith, Vick and Simms, the Jets have quarterbacks at three different levels of experience, so they don't feel an overwhelming need at the position. But you can never rule out a middle- or late-round pick, especially with a total of 12 choices, including three in the fourth round. Jimmy Garoppolo (Eastern Illinois) and Logan Thomas (Virginia Tech) visited the Jets' facility. They've also been paying a lot of attention to Tajh Boyd (Clemson) throughout the scouting process, engaging in multiple meetings and a private workout. Boyd is an inconsistent thrower, but he's a winner. If they pick a quarterback on the first or second day, it would send a message to Smith.

Need rating (scale of 1 to 10): 5

Source: QB Jimmy Garoppolo visits Jets

April, 23, 2014
Apr 23
One of the most intriguing quarterbacks in the draft -- Jimmy Garoppolo -- is visiting Wednesday with the New York Jets, according to a league source.

The Jets bolstered the quarterback position by signing Michael Vick to a one-year contract, but they're obviously doing their homework for the draft. Garoppolo, who broke Tony Romo's school records at Eastern Illinois, is interesting because he's considered a top-40 pick. If he doesn't sneak into the bottom of the first round, he could very well be picked at the top of the second by a team such as the Jacksonville Jaguars (No. 39). The Jets own the 49th pick.

The Jets also have met this week with Virginia Tech quarterback Logan Thomas, although he's regarded as a mid-round prospect.

Could the Jets select a quarterback one year after taking Geno Smith with the 39th overall choice? It would be a surprise if they grab a quarterback in the top three rounds, but never say never. We're talking about a general manager, John Idzik, who belonged to the Seattle Seahawks when they drafted Russell Wilson in the third round even though they had signed Matt Flynn to a significant free-agent contract.

Jets huddle with Eastern Illinois QB

February, 21, 2014
Feb 21
INDIANAPOLIS -- On Thursday night, the New York Jets met with a fast-rising, small-school quarterback -- Jimmy Garoppolo of Eastern Illinois.

"I have talked to them ... and had a good conversation and everything, and we were rollin' from there," Garoppolo said Friday at the NFL scouting combine.

Garoppolo called it an informal meeting. Still, it's always interesting when a team meets with a quarterback. Garoppolo has generated a lot of post-season buzz, improving his draft stock with an impressive performance at the Senior Bowl. Evidently, the Jets took notice. Quarterback isn't a pressing need, but they could be looking for a developmental player in the later rounds. Some scouts say Garoppolo could go as high as the third round.

Unlike Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel, who decided not to throw at the combine, Garoppolo is planning to perform all the drills.

"I wanted to come out and showcase my talent against the other best quarterbacks in the nation," he said. "That’s what the combine is all about."