Comparing New York Jets' Geno Smith To Class Of QBs In 2014 NFL Draft

By Nick Mamary
Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Last year, New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith was considered the best QB entering the 2013 Draft. Of course, E.J. Manuel was the only one to be a first-round selection. Smith finally landed 39th overall with head coach Rex Ryan’s team. He replaced turnover machine Mark Sanchez due to injury, and his great physical skills brought hope to Jets fans who have witnessed much failure over four decades.

Initially, Gang Green made quite an impression, picking up several surprising victories. Sadly, turnovers from their rookie signal caller helped deliver a third straight season without a playoff appearance. His 6-foot-4 frame give him a prime build for drop-back passing. His play recognition and coverage reads proved to be an issue at times. If the Jets want to make changes already, 2014’s class is supposedly better.

Teddy Bridgewater has “franchise quarterback” written all over him. He also boasts solid stature and a big-time arm. He will be long gone by the time New York picks at no.18. Derek Carr could be an option because of his pure passing ability. I don’t think a QB will be GM John Idzik’s first-round choice.

Johnny Manziel should not be there at this point, and it would be risky. However, Idzik might be tempted. He is shorter then Smith though, and durability concerns could scare some teams away. Zach Mettenberger also has several good qualities while possibly being available in the third round. This option would be used to push Smith next year. Someone like Aaron Murray would serve as someone you can stash away due to injury.

Smith played well at the end of last year, so he made a strong case to remain the starter. The Jets will still look for competition though, and some of these options make better backups.

 Nick Mamary is a New York Jets writer for Follow him on Twitter @NickMamary1, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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