The New York Jets should be clicking their heels with the news that Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray is fully committed to football.
For the first time in a long time, the New York Jets don’t have to speculate who their starting quarterback will be next season. How many years in a row have the green and white had to reevaluate their quarterback situation heading into the offseason?
With Sam Darnold at the helm, that’s no longer an issue.
It’s somewhat relieving heading into the 2019 NFL Draft. Things have become a lot easier on 1 Jets Drive. Instead of trying to find that ever elusive franchise quarterback, the team just has to fill the holes around him.
Although, not every team in the NFL has that luxury.
In a recent column for Elite Sports New York, I documented at least six teams who’d be willing to move up for a potential franchise quarterback in the 2019 NFL Draft.
Although the Draft Value Chart can often be thrown out the window when you’re discussing quarterbacks because their value can’t be quantified. That’s especially true when multiple quarterbacks are hot commodities, which leads us to the supernova Kyler Murray who made this announcement earlier this week on Twitter:
— Kyler Murray (@K1) February 11, 2019
Kyler Murray via Twitter:
“Moving Forward, I am firmly and fully committing my life and time to become an NFL quarterback. Football has been my love and passion for my entire life. I was raised to play QB, and I very much look forward to dedicating 100% of myself to being the best QB possible and winning NFL championships. I’ve started an extensive training program to further prepare myself for upcoming NFL workouts and interviews. I eagerly await the opportunity to continue to prove to NFL decision makers that I am the franchise QB in this draft.”
Whether or not you believe that Kyler is “firmly and fully committing” to football is under your own discretion. The point is, it only takes one team to fall in love and, inevitably, that’s going to happen come April.
It’s all outstanding news for the New York Jets. The green and white hold the third overall draft choice, which means the Jets are in prime position to capitalize on a desperate team giving up a massive haul to trade up to snag Kyler Murray or even Dwayne Haskins out of Ohio State.
NFL Draft Insider Dane Brugler of the Athletic shared this nugget recently on social media:
“Over the last three years, 10 of the 11 quarterbacks drafted in the first round were selected by a team who traded up to secure the pick.”
That, of course, includes the Jets who selected Sam Darnold during the 2018 NFL Draft. Speaking of that trade, the Jets want to recoup some of the compensation they lost in that deal.
With the Cardinals owning former top-10 pick Josh Rosen and the San Francisco 49ers owning Jimmy Garoppolo, both teams ahead of the Jets don’t need a quarterback.
The Jets could get a king’s ransom that could accelerate the rebuilding process and put this team on a different stratosphere moving forward. Kyler, being 100 percent into football, has rapidly increased the value of the third overall selection in the 2019 NFL Draft for gang green.