There has been much speculation as to what the New York Jets will do with their two first round picks. Will they take a wide receiver, a defensive tackle or will they trade down? According to EXPN New York’s Rich Cimini, there is one thing the Jets won’t be doing with those picks — take a quarterback. Despite the hype around potentially taking Geno Smith with either the 9th or 13th picks, Cimini says that’s just not going to happen.
— Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) April 25, 2013
This might upset some Jets fans hoping for a change under center after the gross season Mark Sanchez turned in. But if the Jets go quarterback, it’s looking like they won’t be doing it until the second round at the earliest.
Of course, Cimini said that the Jets won’t be taking a quarterback with their current picks, but that doesn’t mean that they won’t do it should they trade down with a team looking to move up and take a top prospect. The San Francisco 49ers and Atlanta Falcons are both looking to trade up and select a defensive prospect to shore up whatever holes they have.
Either of these teams would be great trade partners that would place the Jets at the back of the first-round and in a position to take a quarterback like Matt Barkley, Ryan Nassib or E.J. Manuel should he fall that far.
We still don’t know exactly what the Jets plan on doing, but if one thing is clear it’s that they’ll need to trade back in order to be in a position to take a quarterback.