If the New York Jets miss out on Kirk Cousins, they will sign one, maybe two veteran quarterbacks in free agency. That won?t preclude them from drafting one, too.
If there?s a quarterback that fits the value of the sixth pick, general manager Mike Maccagnan will strongly consider it. In his latest mock draft, ESPN analyst Todd McShay has them taking Wyoming?s Josh Allen, who raised his stock with an impressive showing at the scouting combine.
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Where: Arlington, Texas
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Yes, I could see this happening if the Jets don?t sign Cousins. Allen is a Maccagnan type of quarterback because his physical traits are off the chart — great size (6-foot-5), rare arm strength (did you see him drop that 70-yard dime at the combine?) and exceptional athleticism (4.75 in the 40). He?s straight out of central casting, except for one thing:
He?s not an accurate thrower, and that is a red flag.
In college, Allen struggled with his accuracy, especially in high-leverage situations — third down, fourth quarter and under duress. Some people believe he can be coached out of that, and some people believe a weak supporting cast contributed to his unsightly completion percentage (56). Whatever.
Bottom line: He?s a boom-or-bust prospect.
In McShay?s mock, Allen is the second quarterback off the board. Sam Darnold goes first to the Cleveland Browns, followed by four non-quarterbacks. That gives the Jets the choice of Allen, Josh Rosen and Baker Mayfield.
The odds of this happening on April 26? Almost zero. (Sorry, Todd.) Because of supply and demand, there will be an early run on quarterbacks. It wouldn?t be a shock if four go in the top 10, which would be unprecedented.
I guess it wouldn?t be a bad thing if the Jets get the No. 2 quarterback without having to trade up. Allen can make them look like geniuses.