I joined this board a couple days ago to see what Jets fans had to say about the upcoming draft, Cousins, last years choice to pass up QB's and draft a S....been reading through...lots of mixed opinions about all of this. Very interesting to read....many of your thoughts here remind me of the Kansas City fans opinions until we drafted Mahomes. If you can't tell by the avatar, I am a Chiefs fan, but thought I would offer my 2 cents anyhow.
1. If I were in charge of the Jets today, I would make the effort to sign Kirk Cousins. He is still relatively young, and he has proven to produce with less than sparkling talent around him. In other words, he will make players around him better, and if you have good players around him, he will get the most out of those skill sets. All he costs (at least at the moment) is money. The Jets have tons of it to spend. A known quantity of Cousins, signed and delivered, is worth the price VS the unknown of the QB's in the upcoming draft, plus not being sure wich of those will even be available when you pick....you may be compelled to expend draft capital to move up to get the guy, who again, remains an unknown. .....keep in mind that both Denver and Cleveland were trying to trade for Alex Smith....that should at least indicate that those two front offices have some reservations about the QB talent available. Both are expected to be bidding for Cousins...again, an indictment on the QB class this year. Only if I could not sign Cousins, would I prepare to draft my guy....and I'd be fully prepared to trade up to make sure I got "the man" if I identified one.
2. I'd like to go on record now with what I think of the prospects in this class (because, being a Chiefs fan on a NY board..this may be my first and lost post before you all boot me out of here :D)
Allen - BUST. Big arm, big frame, big hype...big bust. 56% completion pct the best you can do in a small conference? Needs work on mechanics, needs this, needs that....BUST.
Darnold - Needs some polish, but I think he can be a good NFL QB....from the film I have watched, he can move safeties and LB with his eyes...fairly accurate. NEEDS MORE REPS....will look like crap first year, because he didn't get enough reps in college.
Rosen - I'm not real sold on him...his dad is a neuro surgeion and the family has money....this guy gets a concussion or 2 and he will be compelled to just quit....or while playing, not be willing to sacrifice his body to make a clutch play.....I'd avoid him unless I was sure his heart was 100% into football...I don't think it is. Too bad..he does have talent.
Mayfield - Every year, improving accuracy...71% final year...fiery, competative....cocky....would be a great media story for big time New York. People overlook that the kid is well seasoned..TONS AND TONS of college reps. Even if you think he isn't a super deep ball thrower, his shorter range accuracy suggests he could run the hell out of a west coast attack. This would be my target....best QB of this class.
Lamar Jackson - Has alot of talent...SUPER college player....low accuracy bothers me....doesn't win in the pocket enough....seems like most of his big plays are using legs to keep play alive or run....seems like a Vick clone to me....you can win with him...but I don't think he'll ever win enough in the pocket to consistantly succeed in the NFL...NFL defenses have provent to be reasonably successful dealing with this type of QB by making them play "QB" in the pocket.
Rudolph - .....this is going to be the guy that rises up draft boards and surpise everyone by moving into Round 1, ..at the expense of Jackson who will fall out of round 1. This guy isn't very mobile..but I think he can be a good NFL passer given some time and a legit WR to throw at. 2nd BEST QB in this class when it's all said and done.
3. Lastly, regarding Mahomes.....I can understand that being in New York and being Jets fans, you wouldn't be paying as close attention to him as I would be...and take it for what it's worth as I am a biased Chiefs fan...I've never seen anythink like Mahomes in my 30 years of being a Chiefs fan...so different than the parade of game managers we've had come through here...You might look at his stat line from Denver and not think a whole lot about it....you'd have to watch what he actually looks like throwing the ball....all preseason (again, paying no attention to the box score) the arm talent JUMPS OFF THE SCREEN at you. Here is just one link that does a good job of demonstrating what it is we see in Mahomes that has us so excited in KC....take a look. (and cry) P.S. Thanks for having me...hope you'll let me stick around.....I hope you all get your QB and look forward to continuing to see what you all have to say about it. THANKS.