The Jets looked predictably awful on Sunday -- like a team already leading the race for the No. 1 overall pick in next year's draft. In fact, it's hard to imagine any scenario where they won't end up with a very high selection.
That means The Quarterback Watch is on.
Here's the first of a weekly look at the top quarterbacks expected to be available in the 2018 draft, as their stock rises and falls throughout the season. And unless Christian Hackenberg or Bryce Petty suddenly and unexpectedly prove they can be a franchise quarterback, one of these players will almost certainly land with the Jets next spring:
1. Sam Darnold, USC
He remains the favorite of many NFL scouts to be the No. 1 overall pick. He's got the size (6-4, 220), the big arm and the smarts, though his decision-making may be a bit raw. He wasn't great in a season-opening win against Western Michigan (23 of 33, 289 yards, two interceptions), but had a nice bounce-back on Saturday against Stanford (21-of-26, 316 yards, four touchdowns, two interceptions). The four picks in two games is a concern worth watching, though.
2. Josh Rosen, UCLA
Two weeks ago he got off to a disastrous start against Texas A&M, only to pull off a comeback for the ages when he threw for 292 yards and four touchdowns in the fourth quarter as the Bruins rallied from 34 points down to a 45-44 win. Then, as if to prove he belongs near the top of any list, he followed that up with a 22-for-25, 329-yard, five-touchdown destruction of Hawaii. Those first three quarters against the Aggies are hard to forget, but since then he's been the best quarterback in college football.
3. Lamar Jackson, Louisville
The best dual-threat quarterback in college, he's topped 300 yards passing and 100 yards rushing in each of his first two weeks. Against North Carolina he was a 500-yard, six-touchdown machine -- 25 of 39 for 393 yards and three touchdowns passing, and 132 yards and three touchdowns running. There are still some scouts not sold on him as an NFL pocket-passer. But he's a heck of a weapon, and probably the favorite to win the Heisman for the second year in a row.
4. Josh Allen, Wyoming
He didn't look like a first-rounder at all two weeks ago at Iowa, completing just 23 of 40 passes for 174 yards and two interceptions. Wyoming was out-classed, though, and Allen doesn't have the greatest supporting cast. He was better on Saturday, completing 22 of 32 for 328 yards and two touchdowns, but it was only against Gardner-Webb. He's got a much bigger and more important test at home against Oregon on Saturday.
5. Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma
He's completed 83.6 percent of his passes in his two games this season for more than 700 yards and six touchdodwns, but it was his performance at Ohio State on Saturday that got him into this Top 5 - 27 of 35 for 386 yards and three touchdowns in a 31-16 upset against a strong defensive team.
Other names to watch: Mason Rudolph, Oklahoma State; Luke Falk, Washington State