The Jets’ week long evaluations of the quarterback position continued Saturday as the franchise decision makers conducted a private workout with Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield in Norman, Oklahoma according to a source.
The Jets started the week by sending a contingent to Los Angeles to watch USC quarterback Sam Darnold throw at his Pro Day on Wednesday.
Thursday, led by general manager Mike Maccagnan, the Jets held a private workout with UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen.
Incidentally, Rosen and Darnold conducted parts of their workouts in the rain.
On Friday, the Jets went to Laramie, Wyoming, to watch Josh Allen at his Pro Day.
As a side note, the Jets even had a scout watch former first-round pick and Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel throw passes at the University of San Diego’s Pro Day. The Jets were scheduled to attend the Pro Day anyway to view other prospects and Manziel was an added bonus.
But the private workout of Mayfield is especially of interest because he could be available when the Jets pick at No. 3 overall.
Jets officials normally don’t comment on the visits and private workouts, but Maccagnan did talk about Mayfield at the NFL Scouting Combine.
“Obviously, he’s a very prolific and productive college quarterback,” Maccagnan said. “We’re kind of excited to see how he performs here with all the other quarterbacks in the draft class.
A scout from an AFC team said Mayfield might be good for the Jets.
“Mayfield actually fits, personality-wise and has the most New York-DNA in him,” the scout said. “But he’s the fourth best quarterback to me.”
It would appear whoever the Jets select in the first round of next month’s draft will sit behind Josh McCown and Teddy Bridgewater and then probably move into the No. 1 spot in 2019.
The Jets search for a franchise quarterbacks has gone on for years. They thought Mark Sanchez could be the one when he was the fifth overall pick in 2009. Sanchez lasted four seasons, going 33-29 as a starter, before he was cut in March 2014.
This current group of quarterbacks could morph into something Jets’ fans can get behind.
One NFC scout, whose team doesn’t need a quarterback, told Newsday, UCLA’s Josh Rosen is the best fit for the Jets. “He’s the best pure passer of the bunch,” the scout said.
A personnel director of an NFC team praised Rosen but also cautioned: “Has tools to be good, a very good NFL quarterback. Also, has some warts in terms of if he can lead a group of pros.”
The Jets have had dinner with Rosen and there are some draft projections that he will be available at No. 3.
Maccagnan is doing all the necessary leg work to solve the Jets’ problems at quarterback. There are plans to have visits with the top quarterbacks at the Jets’ facility in Florham Park, N.J. in addition to the private workouts.