Tony Romo’s decision to leave the NFL for the CBS booth won’t have a dramatic effect on the New York Jets in the upcoming draft, and here’s why:
The Houston Texans, who would’ve been the most likely landing spot for Romo, have been thinking about drafting a quarterback the entire time. According to the all-knowing John McClain of the Houston Chronicle, “Even if the Texans had acquired Romo, it would not have affected their thinking about this month’s draft. They’ll use a high draft choice, possibly a first-round pick, on a quarterback.”
Round 1: April 27, 8 p.m. ET
Rds. 2-3: April 28, 7 p.m. ET
Rds. 4-7: April 29, noon ET
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The Texans own the 25th pick, 19 spots behind the Jets in the first round and 14 spots ahead of the Jets’ second-round pick.
If the Jets don’t take a quarterback with the sixth pick (and I don’t think they will), they could target one at No. 39 — or perhaps try to move up to grab one at the bottom of the first round. The biggest threat was — and remains — the Texans, a playoff team that might be a quarterback away from competing for a championship.
There are no fewer than six teams that could take a quarterback between the Jets’ first- and second-round picks: the Buffalo Bills (No. 10), Cleveland Browns (No. 12), Arizona Cardinals (No. 13), Texans, Kansas City Chiefs (No. 27) and San Francisco 49ers (No. 34).
Simply put, the supply could be gone if the Jets wait.
Mitchell Trubisky is expected to be the first quarterback off the board, followed by Deshaun Watson, Patrick Mahomes and DeShone Kizer. Mahomes is rising and could jump ahead of Watson. The evaluations on these players vary widely, making it a beauty-in-the-eye-of-the-beholder situation.
The law of supply and demand also will be in effect, and that’s why it wouldn’t be a shock to see three or four go in the first round.