By Ryan Alfieri, Editor
There are, however, a handful of passers that could be available in the second round that may not get as much fanfare as some of the well-known players but carry plenty of pro potential in their own right. Plus, drafting a quarterback in the second round allows a regime to move on from him without it costing them their job.
Here are some second-round options for the Jets.
Mike Glennon, NC State
Glennon is a strong-armed prospect that has plenty of tools to succeed. He is mobile can make just about every throw. Mel Kiper likes him enough to think that he could possibly be the top quarterback in the draft:
“It’s still pretty wide open to see who the first quarterback taken will be,” Kiper said in a Tuesday teleconference. “If I had to guess right now, I would say Mike Glennon. … He has a very good chance to emerge as a top-15 pick in the first round and certainly be the first quarterback off the board.”
The downside to Glennon is that he struggles with his accuracy and mechanics. If there is a team that thinks they can fix those issues, he will go in the first round. However, accuracy issues, as the Jets have seen with Mark Sanchez, do not go away easily. Based on his production, he should go in the second round.
Zac Dysert, Miami (OH)
Dysert is an intriguing prospect in that he made a lot of impressive throws at Miami working with a hideous offensive line and a pedestrian group of receivers. He throws with anticipation and has enough arm strength to make it in the NFL.
However, there are a lot of scouts that still struggle with the notion of a non-pocket passer making it in the NFL, as Dysert played in a spread system in college. To me, Dysert showed enough poise working with such a bad offensive line that he would adjust nicely to an NFL unit and learn a pro system without much difficulty.
Logan Thomas, QB, Virginia Tech
Before the season, Thomas had a chance to be the top player in the country based on his physical skill-set and his play at the end of last year.
However, Thomas and the Hokies had a very disappointing .500 campaign that exposed Thomas’ accuracy and footwork issues that have all but killed his draft stock. Thomas is a junior and appears to be headed back for his senior season, but if he does elect to come out of the draft, he would go in the first two days just because of his physical tools, a la Brock Oseweiler last April.
The Jets, however, need a player that can come and compete with Sanchez (assuming he is still on the team) right away, not spend a few years developing behind a starter.