Jets draft preview: Quarterback

April, 4, 2011
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This is the first installment in a nine-part series that will analyze the Jets' needs, position by position, in the upcoming draft.

Position: Quarterback

Depth chart: Mark Sanchez, Mark Brunell, Kellen Clemens, Kevin O'Connell, Drew Willy and Erik Ainge.

Not under contract: Clemens.

Scouting report: With Sanchez only 24, the Jets can afford to put the quarterback position on the backburner as they address other areas. In a perfect world, they'd like to develop a young backup that can grow into a No. 2. After all, Brunell is 40, probably heading into his last season. The organization doesn't see Clemens as the answer (he barely made the team last season) and nobody can figure out why O'Connell, coming off shoulder surgery, still is around; he was released and re-signed last preseason.

The last time: The Jets haven't drafted a quarterback since ... well, it wasn't that long ago -- Sanchez (fifth overall, 2009).

Potential targets: It would be a surprise if they use one of their six picks on a quarterback, but if they did, it would be somebody in the late rounds like Pat Devlin (Delaware) or Tyrod Taylor (Virginia Tech). Devlin is no Joe Flacco (see: famous Blue Hen alums), but he's 6-3 1/2 and completed 68 percent last season. Taylor is a Brad Smith-type player, an exceptional athlete who could be used in a Wildcat role and other positions. If the Jets lost Smith via free agency (if free agency occurs before the draft), Taylor's value to the Jets would increase.

Need factor(On a scale of 1 to 10): 2.

Tuesday: Wide receiver.

Rich Cimini

ESPN New York Jets reporter

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