The Jets have the guy who they hope is their Quarterback of the Future.
With the No. 3 overall pick in the NFL Draft, the Jets selected USC QB Sam Darnold -- who many experts had going No. 1 to the Browns.
However, he slipped down to the Jets, and they jumped on the opportunity. SNY's Ralph Vacchiano reported last week that Darnold could be in consideration if the Browns or Giants didn't take him first. The assumption by most was that the pick would be between UCLA's Josh Rosen or Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield.
Darnold is now added to the Jets' quarterback room that will be in heated competition at the start of training camp. Though head coach Todd Bowles has said that veteran QB Josh McCown will be the presumed starter when camp begins, he didn't make a promise to him being their guy in Week 1.
The Jets also brought in former Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater, who is looking to prove he still has what it takes to make it in the NFL after a devestating knee injury kept him out for all but a few snaps in the past two seasons. Christian Hackenberg and Bryce Petty are also on the roster.
Darnold doesn't care what his role will be in his rookie season. No matter if he is on the bench or in the starting lineup, he said he will flourish with the Jets.
"I think whatever the coaches want me to do, I'm going to star in my role," he said after hearing his name called. "It's what I've been doing my whole life. I won't do anything different."
The 20-year-old Darnold completed 63.1 percent of his passes for 4,143 yards, 26 touchdowns, and nine interceptions in 14 games in 2017 during his second season as a starter for the Trojans.
So, Darnold will fight in camp to try and win the starting job over his new veteran teammates. And the Jets' hope is that he can blossom into the franchise quarterback they desperately need.
When the Jets traded up from No. 6 to No. 3 they were convinced that the best quarterback in the draft likely wouldn't be available.
So this was quite a surprise.
With the Cleveland Browns and Giants both passing on Darnold at No. 1 and No. 2, the Jets got what might be the gift of the draft when Darnold - the consensus top quarterback - fell right into their laps. It's a scenario they didn't imagine at first, but began to consider a few weeks ago when they made the late decision to bring in Darnold for one of their pre-draft visits. Even then, though, this seemed a bit farfetched.
And yet the 6-3, 220-pound USC star is now the long-awaited savior of the Jets' franchise - the star quarterback they've been seeking since Joe Namath left town. He has all the tools -- the size, the arm strength, the poise and personality, and the ability to make plays in the pocket and on the run.
OK, he does have a few too many turnovers, including fumbles, and that's alarming. But he's young and he's proven to be far more accurate and dependable than, say, Wyoming's Josh Allen. The Jets - and many others - believe the mistakes that caused his turnovers are definitely correctable and that while he might struggle at first, he'll quickly get adjusted to the pro game.
No, he's not the perfect prospect. Nobody thinks Darnold is an Andrew Luck, or even an Eli Manning-like prospect. But there was a general belief that he was the best of the bunch. Maybe Allen and Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield had a bit more of an upside, but they also probably will require a lot more work.
Darnold is the closest thing to a sure thing in this draft, and he's the best quarterback prospect the Jets have gotten their hands on since they drafted Namath first overall in the AFL draft back in 1965.
And as an added bonus for Jets fans: The Giants let him go. Their decision to pass on him, even though they need a future replacement for Manning, their 37-year-old starter, certainly was a head-scratcher. Now it could be the move that swings this intra-city rivalry and haunts the Jets' co-tenants for many years to come.