In his latest mock draft, ESPN's Mel Kiper sees the Jets grabbing UCLA QB Josh Rosen with their third overall pick -- as SNY's Ralph Vacchiano projects in his Mini Mock Draft 3.0.
The Jets clearly traded up to the No. 3 slot to take one of the highly touted quarterbacks. With Wyoming's Josh Allen and USC's Sam Darnold going to the Browns and Giants respectively, Rosen appears the best option for the Jets in Kiper's mind.
"Remember, the Jets traded three second-round picks (two in 2018, one in 2019) to move up three spots, so they're light on capital in this draft," Kiper writes. "GM Mike Maccagnan & Co. are targeting a quarterback, and I've said for a while that Rosen is the most NFL-ready of all of the top quarterback prospects in this class. Could Rosen pass up Josh McCown (and Teddy Bridgewater) and start in Week 1?"
That will be the biggest question for whoever the Jets decide to take, as McCown has already been named the starter by head coach Todd Bowles heading into training camp. Bridgewater is also in a "prove it" deal, and he wants to show the Jets he has no setbacks after a devastating knee injury that has kept him out for over a year.
And then there's Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg, who have been lost in the mix recently and will likely stay that way if they are not cut before camp begins.
Rosen being the most NFL-ready quarterback isn't just the thought of Kiper, but many experts evaluating these top quarterbacks. The 6-foot-4, 218-pound Rosen has the footwork, football IQ, and playmaking abilities that a team wants to see from a potential franchise quarterback.
Kiper also dove into the second and third rounds in this version of his mock draft. With the Jets trading away their two second-rounders to the Colts to move up, the team's next pick comes in the third round. Kiper has the Jets bolstering their defensive line by taking Miami's R.J. McIntosh, who may be a defensive tackle on paper, but he believes he would work as an end in the Jets' 3-4 scheme.