Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports that the word in NFL circles is that the Jets are “extremely intrigued” by North Carolina QB Mitch Trubisky.
“They got their eyes set on the North Carolina quarterback,” one rival scout tells Mehta. “The Jets are all over this kid. All over him. They’ll probably deny it if you ask, but they love that kid. That’s their guy. They’re not going to get him though, because I think that kid is going to get over-drafted.”
Despite using mid-round picks on quarterbacks the past two years, Mehta says that it’s no secret that the Jets are in the market for another quarterback and there’s a “growing sense” that their quarterback of the future isn’t on their current roster.
Mehta says that rookie QB Christian Hackenberg “isn’t close to being ready to play in a real game” and the Jets aren’t sold on Bryce Petty, who will finish out the year as the team’s starting quarterback.
The ways things are shaping up, the Jets will be picking somewhere in the first six spots of the 2017 draft, which could leave them in a position to come away with one of the top quarterback prospects in next year’s class such as Trubisky, Notre Dame’s DeShone Kizer or Clemson’s Deshaun Watson.
Even though all three of these quarterbacks could be first-round picks, the scout tells Mehta that they’ll likely be over-drafted based on the position they play.
“These guys are going to get over-drafted,” the scout said. “It’s going to happen.”
During his three-year college career, Trubisky has thrown for 4,482 yards while completing 68.1 percent of his passes to go along with 38 touchdowns and eight interceptions over the course of 30 games. He’s also contributed another 401 yards rushing and eight touchdowns.
We’ll have more regarding the Jets and their options i n next year’s draft as the news is available.