With just three days to go until the 2015 NFL Draft, buzz around the event is reaching fever pitch and, as you might expect for the media capital of the US, New York is no exception.
The New York Jets hold the number six pick as it stands and, with a new head coach/General Manager regime combining with a tumultuous 2014 season, there is much debate as to which young star will be heading to New Jersey on Thursday night.
Until recently many believed the team were very keen on Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota after what was another lacklustre campaign for Geno Smith. It appears though that Todd Bowles and co are now heading in a different direction.
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According to Rich Cimini, ESPN's Jets reporter, the team will now pass up the option of selecting Mariota even if the much hyped prospect drops down to the number six spot in Chicago.
Per Cimini's report:
"I think he'd be good value, considering the need at the position, but the latest buzz in leagues circles is they'd pass (on Mariota)."
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The latest development is a marked change from earlier reports in the run up to the Draft which saw some predicting the Jets were one of the teams considering trading up to ensure they had first dibs on Mariota.
In Geno we trust
If the ESPN reporter's sources are accurate the stead fast decision to reject such a promising talent (and potential franchise quarterback) may surprise many Jets fans who have witnessed the abject performances of Smith these past two seasons.
The 39th pick of the 2013 draft has struggled to justify a starting spot so far to date and, with upgrades around the field including at WR courtesy of Brandon Marshall, keeping faith with Smith would certainly be a big gamble for the new Jets staff.
As for Marcus Mariota, had the Jets been serious about bringing him on board it is very likely they would have had to move up above sixth spot just to stand a chance.
After a brief lull in belief in the Oregon product it now looks like Mariota will be taken with the second overall pick. Whether that is by the Titans or a trade partner depends on what offers come Tennessee's way.
Regardless, the fact that Jets GM Mike Maccagnan is reportedly set to opt out on Mariota even if he slips to six shows that New York are not one of the teams likely to be on the phone to the Titans.
Jets fans: Are New York making a mistake not going after Mariota? Can Geno Smith be trusted? Have your say in the comments section below...
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