"Barring a significant breakthrough," the Jets are unlikely to sign QB Ryan Fitzpatrick to a deal before the NFL Draft, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.
The Jets have the 20th overall pick in the draft.
Their full draft selection:
- 20th overall pick (first round)
- 51st overall pick (second round)
- 83rd overall pick (third round)
- 118th overall pick (fourth round)
- 235th overall pick (seventh round)
- 241st overall pick (seventh round)
The Jets fixth-round pick (157th overall) was traded to the Denver Broncos in exchange for Pro Bowl OT Ryan Clady and a seventh-round pick (235th overall) in this year's draft. The Jets' sixth-round pick (195th overall) was traded to the Houston Texans as part of the Fitzpatrick trade last year.
At this point there is almost no reason to get a deal done with Fitzpatrick before the draft because there's two things in play at this point. The first (and more unlikely) option is that the Jets might draft a player who could start for this team in 2016.
The second (and more likely) is that with teams drafting quarterbacks, other quarterbacks will come available to the Jets at discounted prices. Quarterbacks like Mike Glennon, Nick Foles and others could be offered for draft picks. I expect the Jets to be looking at both options, but trading for the veteran quarterback option seems the more likely of the two.