The New York Jets are studying their options with the third overall pick, and have scheduled a workout with Josh Allen.
The New York Jets sealed their intent to draft a quarterback when they traded for the third overall pick. The Jets gave up two second round picks this year, as well as one second round pick next year, to move up three spots in the 2018 NFL Draft.
It’s exceedingly unlikely that the team traded up to do anything other than draft a quarterback, of which there are several good options. One of them has a private workout scheduled with the Jets next week, as the New York Post’s Brian Costello reports that the team scheduled a private workout with Josh Allen.
— Brian Costello (@BrianCoz) March 26, 2018
Allen played quarterback at Wyoming, where he was a two-year starter while throwing six passes in the first year he appeared for the team. He is known for having an incredibly strong arm, throwing several passes 70 yards during his Pro Day.
He struggled some with accuracy during his college career, producing a startling completion percentage of 56.2 percent. He threw for 5,066 yards with 44 touchdowns and 21 interceptions for the Cowboys.
He’s a high-risk prospect, whose strong arm will convince a team to take him and hope they can improve his accuracy and footwork in the pocket. ESNY’s Paul Esden feels that it’s time to accept that Allen could be the quarterback the Jets select.
Costello notes that the Jets also have workouts scheduled with Baker Mayfield and Josh Rosen. Both of them, as well as Allen, have a lot of potential and have been talked about as potential franchise quarterbacks.
A fourth quarterback that is considered a franchise player, Sam Darnold, does not have a visit scheduled with the Jets. Darnold has been linked to the Browns with the first overall pick. If the Jets feel that those reports are accurate, they could elect to save their private workouts and visits for players that they think they have a chance to draft.
Whether it’s Allen or someone else, the Jets have to nail this pick. The future of the franchise, which has needed a long-term answer under center for years, depends on it.