Another draft, another desperate New York Jets team looking for their franchise quarterback. Several mock drafts have projected that North Carolina’s Mitchell Trubisky will be the Jets’ pick. Would this be the proper move for the team?
The team recently committed a fourth round pick to Bryce Petty, and a second round selection to Christian Hackenberg. Would the Jets jump ship this early, and invest the number six overall pick on Trubisky?
Trubisky is projected to be the first quarterback taken in the draft. Scouts were raving about the way that Trubisky can move outside the pocket and deliver the football. Some scouts even compared his ability to make plays out of the pocket to that of Aaron Rodgers.
There’s no doubt that Trubisky is nimble in the pocket, which is a plus. But comparing him to Rodgers is a big stretch. Trubisky does boast good pocket presence, and has a good arm to make NFL throws. But the biggest takeaway from Trubisky is the touch he has shown on his throws. He showed at North Carolina that he can drop a ball into a bucket to his receiver 20-30 yards down the field.
Trubisky also had high praise from head coach Bruce Arians who labeled him a “very talented player.” This is some serious praise, coming from a guy who has coached the likes of Peyton Manning, Ben Roethlisberger and Carson Palmer. Arians did question that Trubisky only played one full season at North Carolina. This is a big question about Trubisky and one that has hurt his value.
The Jets know all so well about quarterbacks with lack of starting experience coming into the league, á la Mark Sanchez. Sanchez, who was a one year starter a University of Southern California, gave the Jets four years of inadequate quarterback play. Sanchez’s most memorable moment as a Jet comes when he ran into the backside of Brandon Moore and fumbled.
General Manager Mike Maccagnan will have a big decision come draft day. Drafting this quarterback in the first round is a huge risk. Not only do you invest time to let him become a franchise quarterback, but you also essentially give up on two young quarterbacks in the process. One of which who you drafted in the second round last year. This is a slippery slope for the team, but finding a franchise quarterback is the most crucial thing for this franchise. Broadway Joe isn’t walking through those doors anytime soon.