Mike Maccagnan has bought into the Ron Wolf philosophy of drafting a quarterback every year, regardless of the roster situation. There are numerous prospects to choose from (The Jets have done their homework on all of them it seems) and Gang Green will likely draft one. But who?
Luis Tirado of TheJetsPress lays out a case for taking Nate Peterman, here.
Peterman would excel in a West Coast offense. He does very well in short to medium passes and is very moldable to be a terrific quarterback after a few years experience under his belt studying his craft.
Peterman is a kind of ‘high-floor, moderate upside’ prospect. He is cut from the Alex Smith & Andy Dalton mold. Very high football intelligence, the ability to execute multiple offensive concepts and protects the football. The downside is that his physical tools leave something to be desired – pushing the ball outside the numbers and powering the ball down the field. He can lead a team to the playoffs, but will his talents limit him to just being a ‘playoff quarterback.’
If the Jets do take Peterman, he could provide an immediate contender for the Jets starting job in their upcoming camp competition. In that case, Bryce Petty would need to make a huge leap or his spot could be in jeopardy.
The other quarterback that is worth considering is Chad Kelly from Ole Miss. The nephew of Bills QB Jim Kelly, Chad has all of the tools and talent teams look for.
It does not appear that the Jets brought in Kelly for an official visit, but they met with him at the senior bowl and sent three representatives to the Ole Miss pro day: National scout Zach Truty & college scout Dom Green. The Jets tight end coach was also in attendance, scouting Evan Engram.
Watch some of these throws.
Unlike Peterman, Kelly will sit for a year. Many will scream ‘the Jets carried 4 QBs last year!!!” Yes, but they would likely redshirt Kelly by placing him on injured reserve as he recovers from wrist and knee injuries. Kelly’s talent is undeniable: can throw the ball anywhere, good ball placement – he will need to work under center more, but he can refine his craft in a redshirt year. Kelly’s character is a concern to some, but how much of that is legitimate or just youthful impulse? If he puts it all together, he can be every bit as good as his uncle.
There are two choices: Nate Peterman and Chad Kelly. It would be quite the shock if the Jets dive back into the QB pool in the first round.