For once, Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay agree on who the New York Jets will choose third overall—UCLA’s Josh Rosen.
Mock drafts are a dime-a-dozen today, with many outlets performing them. However, when two draft analysts from the same source have a team picking the same player, it makes some wonder if they have some inside information.
Kiper, McShay agree: It's Josh Rosen over Baker Mayfield for Jets https://t.co/jYDhsEGeO6
— Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) April 4, 2018
One thing to note right off the bat is that both Kiper and McShay have Sam Darnold and Josh Allen already off the board when the Jets pick, although they don’t agree on who goes first and who goes second.
So if either of those quarterbacks is still on the board at number three, it could change the Jets’ thinking. However, it appears the Giants don’t plan on letting Darnold get past them if he’s there when they pick second. The Jets did their due diligence at the combine, meeting with all four quarterbacks during the showcase.
There are some concerns with Josh Rosen, specifically with his medical history and his leadership. While the medical history is concerning, leadership traits are always difficult to project.
Quarterbacks coming out of college are in their early 20’s (Rosen just turned 21 in February) aren’t fully matured. With a good coaching staff and veteran teammates, such as Josh McCown, around, Rosen should develop into a strong leader.
Additionally, Mayfield comes with maturity concerns. He’s a fiery competitor who in the past has cursed at and made vulgar gestures towards opponents. His size is also a concern, as he stands between 6-foot and 6-foot-1 depending on who is measuring him. Rosen meanwhile is listed at 6-foot-4.
Everybody has an opinion on who the best quarterback of the 2018 draft will be. However, it appears the Jets feel that Rosen is better than Mayfield.