Johnny Manziel never was a consideration for the Jets with the 18th pick. Never. Their target was safety Calvin Pryor. When the Baltimore Ravens selected lineback C.J. Mosley at 17, the Jets' draft room "erupted," general manager John Idzik said in a radio interview. They were ecstatic because they thought the Ravens might take Pryor. Unlike the Dallas Cowboys, the Jets didn't have a Manziel discussion when they were on the clock. They simply didn't buy into Johnny Football, according to a person familiar with the team's thinking. No doubt, there were non-football reasons as well. Idzik wasn't going to buy a ticket to that circus, no way. The Jets are happy with Pryor. They believe he's smart enough to quarterback the secondary as a rookie. Rex Ryan always talks up his rookies, but he's particularly smitten with Pryor.Unless the Jets were sold out on Manziel, it would have been hard to bring him into the fray with Geno Smith and Mike Vick. Vick might still be a better quarterback, but his window is closing. Geno Smith had a bumpy first season, but showed promise at the end of last year. While Geno demonstrated a lot of room for growth, he did enough in December to earn another shot over bringing in someone like Johnny Manziel.
As far as the true object of the Jets affection? It sounds as if the Jets had Pryor ranked well above where he landed with the Jets at 18. So far under GM John Idzik, the Jets now have picked three first rounders in the last two drafts and all of them "slid" to the Jets. All three could be mainstays of this team for years to come.