The New York Jets now hold two first-round picks in the 2013 NFL Draft, but don’t expect them to use one of those picks on a quarterback. The team needs playmakers on both sides of the ball, so that will likely be their focus at the top of the round. In the second-round, however, quarterback could be a real option for the team.
If the Jets decide to target a signal-caller with their second pick, North Carolina State’s Mike Glennon would be an intriguing choice.
Former Jets quarterback Ken O’Brien has been working with Glennon, who New York met with at the Senior Bowl, and has had nothing but kid words to say about the 6-foot-7 passer with a rocket arm.
“He’s a big, tall kid. Really nice arm. He spins is really well. He can throw it a long way,” O’Brien said, via Rich Cimini of ESPN New York. “What really jumps out is that he’s a student of the game, a nerd, a gym rat. He’s always trying to learn, he’s always asking me questions.”
The plan appears to be to give Mark Sanchez one final shot under center, but taking Glennon would provide the team with a very talented rookie who can be groomed in to a NFL starter.
Another name to watch, according to Cimini, is Vanderbilt quarterback Jordan Rodgers — the younger brother of Aaron Rodgers.
Jordan, like Glennon, works out with O’Brien in Southern California, though he is less likely to be drafted. If the Jets decide to take a chance on the younger Rodgers brother, it would be with a late-round pick or as a priority free agent.