OAKLAND — A look at what’s happening around the New York Jets:
1. A tale of one draft: You could argue the biggest difference between the Jets and the Oakland Raiders is the 2014 draft. The Raiders crushed it, picking pass-rusher Khalil Mack, quarterback Derek Carr and guard Gabe Jackson in the first three rounds. The Jets? They pulled a Bill Buckner, letting a great opportunity go between their legs. Only one of then-GM John Idzik’s 12 picks remains on the roster: backup guard Dakota Dozier.
You may find this interesting (or just a cruel tease), but there was a small segment of the organization that felt Carr had the goods to be a franchise quarterback, sources said. The Jets interviewed him at the Senior Bowl and dispatched quarterbacks coach David Lee to his pro day at Fresno State. Impressed, Lee told people they should draft Carr. The team had picked Geno Smith the previous year, but some in the organization weren’t sold on him (and with good reason, as it turned out).
No matter. Sources said Idzik and his scouts had doubts about Carr because of a lackluster bowl game and the belief — shared by others around the league — that he’d turn out like his older brother, former draft bust David Carr. A lot of quarterback-needy teams look pretty silly now.
As it turned out, Carr was picked 36th overall, 13 spots ahead of the Jets’ slot in the second round. The Jets made an effort to trade up, but not for Carr. No, Idzik wanted wide receiver
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