The New York Jets have had a decent off-season so far, bringing back Darrelle Revis on a huge contract and pairing him up with the exceptional Antonio Cromartie.
The Jets attentions however will now turn to the 2015 NFL draft, with the Gang Green excited to see which college standouts new head coach Todd Bowles and general manager Mike Maccagnan will be bringing in to MetLife Stadium for the 2015 season.
And it seems that the Jets may have just dropped the biggest hint yet about who they may be set to take when the draft comes along, after it was revealed that they have scheduled a private workout with Marcus Mariota.
According to a report from Dom Cosentino of NJ.com, the Jets will be bringing in the former University of Oregon star for a private workout at the team's facilities on the 28th of this month, that will be attended by Bowles, the Jets offensive co-ordinator and quarterback coach.
"General manager Mike Maccagnan was part of a contingent of Jets personnel that flew to Oregon last week to watch Mariota at his pro day," Cosentino wrote in his piece yesterday.
When asked on Thursday to assess Mariota and Florida State's Jameis Winston - the only other quarterback projected to go in the first round - Maccagnan played it coy.
"I would say, simply, that I think when it comes to the draft, to me, you tend to want to take the best player available, in theory," he said. "In my mind, if the best player available were at that pick, I'm not going to say we're going to lock into a certain player or a certain position, but that's the approach you want to take.
The Jets are in dire need of a quarterback with the Geno Smith experiment having ultimately failed under the coaching of Rex Ryan. If Bowles and his coaches can turn Smith around remains to be seen, but judging by previous performances things don't look good for the former West Virginia Mountaineers.
If there is a positive here for Jets fans it is that it seems that their team's interest in Mariota is a serious one and they are considering him with that 6th pick. And they know that Mariota wants to join, with the Heisman Winner admitting he would "love to play" for the team.
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