The New York Jets are headed for their fourth top-10 draft pick in the last six years. The question is, how high can they go?
After Sunday’s action, the Jets (5-10) are in the eighth position. For draft purposes, they will be rooting for the Houston Texans (4-10) to upset the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday night. The Texans’ first pick, by the way, goes to the Cleveland Browns.
It’s mathematically impossible for the Jets to crack the top three, but they could make it to four if a lot of things fall into place. To make that giant leap, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-11), San Francisco 49ers (5-10) and Denver Broncos (5-10) probably would have to win in the final week.
In all likelihood, the Jets will finish sixth, seventh or eighth, unless they pull off a miraculous upset over the New England Patriots.
Every spot is vital in what figures to be a quarterback-centric draft. Right now, three teams ahead of the Jets — the Browns, New York Giants and Denver Broncos — will be in the quarterback market.
Talent evaluators are projecting four first-round quarterbacks: Josh Rosen, Sam Darnold, Josh Allen and Baker Mayfield. Rosen and Darnold are underclassmen who have yet to announce their intentions, although it’s widely assumed Rosen will enter the draft.
The top non-quarterback prospects, according to Scouts, Inc., are running back Saquon Barkley, safety Minkah Fitzpatrick, defensive end Bradley Chubb, safety Derwin James and defensive end Arden Key.
The Jets are batting .667 with their previous three top-10 picks, missing on Dee Milliner (2013) but hitting on Leonard Williams (2015) and Jamal Adams (2017).