According to Rich Cimini of ESPN, the New York Jets might not be stuck on drafting a quarterback with their sixth overall pick.
We’re still nine weeks from the draft, but the preliminary sense I get is the New York Jets aren’t looking to take a quarterback with their first-round pick. Obviously, that could change as they continue to evaluate Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota, but the vibe close to the organization is that general manager Mike Maccagnan and Todd Bowles aren’t in a quarterback-or-bust mode. Is it because they still believe Geno Smith can be salvaged or because they’re not sold on Winston and Mariota? Hard to say; it’s probably a little of both. Personally, I think it would be a mistake to pass on Mariota if he falls to the Jets at No. 6, assuming Winston already is gone. Maybe the Jets believe they can elevate Smith by building around him. It’s risky. I talked to several scouts and personnel people at the combine, and none of them spoke glowingly of Smith.
It sounds like Geno Smith is getting another vote of confidence.