2014 NFL Draft: Should the New York Jets Target QB Teddy Bridgewater?

By Luis Tirado Jr.
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The New York Jets have made quite the moves when it comes to their depth chart at quarterback. By acquiring Michael Vick via free agency, the Jets made a clear statement that they wanted to start a new chapter at the position. They finally cut their ties with Mark Sanchez and at the current moment are looking more and more at Geno Smith as their future franchise quarterback. The thought process behind bringing in Vick is that he will mentor and improve Smith in all aspects of being a better quarterback, thus preparing him for a brighter future. Don’t expect to see David Garrard back this season which leaves the Jets in an interesting situation with who will be their backup quarterback.

Would it make sense to draft yet another quarterback as insurance in case Vick gets injured? The Jets want Smith to learn from the bench effectively giving him a year off so he can learn without the mountains of pressure on his shoulders should be he starting. In this scenario it does indeed make sense to bring someone in for depth purposes. Plus if the Jets do draft another quarterback in the first round, it would leave many wondering if they truly have enough faith in Smith that he will be their main guy for years to come.

If the Jets plan to add another quarterback to their roster via the 2014 NFL Draft, it would make sense to go after one of the best in Teddy Bridgewater. With that being said, don’t expect to see the Jets waste their first-round draft pick on a quarterback. They must address a few other needs on the team before acquiring yet another quarterback. Most NFL analysts predict Bridgewater might fall towards the later part of the first round and actually could be available for the Jets to choose with their pick. It’s also expected that the Jets would rather grab a top cornerback or wide receiver before they even consider a quarterback.

There is no need to add another player to an already interesting quarterback controversy going into training camp. Remember, the Jets haven’t appointed Vick as starter as he will battle it out with other quarterbacks in camp to determine who will start this season. There is also a possibility that Smith goes into training camp dramatically improved from the quarterback program he participated in this offseason to get better.

Either way, it’s best the Jets stay away from Bridgewater and grab a quarterback via the later rounds of the draft.

Luis Tirado Jr. is a New York Jets writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter, like him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google

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