A look at what’s happening around the New York Jets:
1. Looking out for No. 1: They haven’t said this publicly, but the Jets’ rebuilding plan focuses, in large part, on next year’s quarterback-heavy draft. Owner Woody Johnson, always fixated on the quarterback position, is thinking big — 2017 season, be damned.
The three prospects creating the most buzz are USC’s Sam Darnold and UCLA’s Josh Rosen (both listed as 6-foot-4), along with Wyoming’s Josh Allen (6-foot-5). I spoke with an AFC scout who has done extensive work on all three, and he shared his thoughts on the condition of anonymity. Keep in mind, they’re draft-eligible underclassmen, so there’s no guarantee they will turn pro. (See: Peyton Manning, 1997.)
“It makes a whole lot of sense if they get a Sam Darnold to start their re-boot,” the scout said of the Jets’ plan. “Honestly, if they’re pulling a Cleveland Browns, they can’t go wrong with any one of these guys.”
His thoughts on each quarterback:
Darnold (career stats: 13 games, 67.2 completion percentage, 31 touchdowns, nine interceptions): “He’s pretty much as advertised. He’s extremely heady and smart. He’s technically sound and very accurate. He sees the game and he sees the big picture. There’s a poise about him that’s uncommon. He just plays the game fast and smart. He won’t have as many weapons this year, so that will be something to watch. … I didn’t (scout) Deshaun Watson, but I think he’s a better prospect than (Patrick) Mahomes and (Mitchell) Trubisky. He doesn’t have as good an arm as some guys, but he’s accurate and has great instincts for the position.”
Rosen (19 games, 59.7 percentage, 33…
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