Kiper Jr.: Jets should grab Geno insurance

February, 6, 2014
Feb 6
11:25
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Should the New York Jets draft another quarterback? Yes, according to ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. But not in the first round (No. 18 overall).

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"I'd try to help Geno Smith and get a receiver like Marqise Lee (at 18), but you must look at some insurance if Smith is not the guy," Kiper Jr. said Thursday on a media conference call, adding: "I would look at the quarterback position in the third, fourth, fifth round, just as insurance, but I would use the early rounds to help out Geno Smith, and let him have some weapons around him to assist in his development."

I agree with Kiper Jr.; I think the Jets will add a developmental quarterback in the draft and acquire a veteran, providing competition for Smith and Matt Simms. General manager John Idzik is all about competition, especially at quarterback.

Kiper named four mid-round possibilities for the Jets:

Jimmy Garoppolo, Eastern Illinois

Zach Mettenberger, LSU

Aaron Murray, Georgia

David Fales, San Jose State

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