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New York Jets 2018 Draft Outlook

Christopher Molina, Staff writer

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New York Jets ownership has continually struck out, year after year, at the quarterback position since the days of “Broadway Joe” Namath, an era which ended nearly four decades ago.

Its reportedly expected that the New York Jets announced that they intend on selecting Oklahoma quarterback, Baker Mayfield over UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft. Tony Pauline of DraftAnalyst.com, a source said Mayfield to the Jets is a “Done Deal.’  Rosen is still “in consideration” for the Jets, according to Pauline. The Jets’ decision will likely be influenced by what happens above them in the draft.

The Jets have plenty of quarterbacks on their current roster, a group lead by the recently re-signed veteran, Josh McCown, Teddy Bridgewater, Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, however none have shown the consistency necessary to become the next franchise quarterback.

Mayfield is coming off a dominate season at the Collegiate level which resulted in him earning the  Trophy. In his final season with the Sooners, Mayfield completed 70.5 percent of his passes for 4,627 yards, 43 touchdowns and six interceptions. In comparison, Rosen the UCLA product, completed 62.6 percent of his attempts for 3,756 yards, 26 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.

This year’s draft will be crucial for the Jets, especially considering the team’s performance in the last two seasons.  Much of the pressure is on the shoulders of the General Manager Mike Maccagnan. Overall, Maccagnan has not had overwhelming success with his prior draft picks which include the likes of Lac Edwards, Justin Burris, Brandon Shell and Jordan Jenkins who have all made the team after being selected by Maccagnan.

Although the team was competitive in almost all of its matchups in the 2017 season, the club suffered through its second consecutive 5-11 season under head coach, Todd Bowles.  Despite this, players praised a positive culture change under Bowles, as well as the leadership of their quarterback Josh McCown. Both Bowles and GM Mike Maccagnan received two-year contract extensions showing that the franchise is willing to implement their trust in the duo.

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