NC State QB Mike Glennon Can't Fix the New York Jets
The Jets spent a substantial amount of time scouting the future first-round pick before the Senior Bowl, according to ESPN New York.
They admire him so much that they met with him before the game, possibly to discuss his future and stir the idea of potentially drafting the towering quarterback.
Glennon was overshadowed by Russell Wilson before finally getting a chance to start in 2011 when his predecessor transferred to Wisconsin. He played effectively, throwing 31 touchdown passes against 12 interceptions. He's a huge presence behind center at 6'7'' and 220 pounds, but has been criticized for being unable to make tough throws under pressure.
Glennon surpassed expectations though, throwing for over 3,000 yards in his first season behind center for the Wolfpack. His arm strength and body frame make him prototypical in terms of potential NFL QB prowess, but he lacks mobility and seldom escapes the pocket when the backfield is flushed with defenders.
Glennon tossed 62 touchdown passes and 29 interceptions in his two full seasons as a starting QB in the ACC. He threw for over 4,000 yards in his senior season, but completed just 58.5 percent of his pass attempts. His performance in the Senior Bowl wasn't impressive, connecting on 8-of-16 attempts for 82 yards.
Still, Glennon has drawn comparisons to Joe Flacco because of his size and monster arm strength. It makes sense that the Jets would be interested, but at what cost?
The fact that the Jets extensively scouted Glennon is significant because it at least demonstrates that the team is ready to make a serious change at quarterback. But head coach Rex Ryan refuses to dismiss the possibility of Sanchez starting behind center in Week 1.
Despite that, the Jets would be committing the same ill-advised gaffe by drafting Glennon in the first round as they did by foolishly drafting Mark Sanchez with the fifth overall pick in 2009.
It wouldn't make sense for the Jets to spend their first-round pick on a quarterback they're unwilling to commit to as the starter.
General manager John Idzik's impact on the the Jets would be immediately solidified if he opted to draft Glennon, for better or worse. The Jets are a team in transition and nothing would spell change more aggressively than drafting a quarterback in the first round.
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Guaranteeing top 10 money to a quarterback that might not start next season would conflict with Idzik's reputation as a salary cap guru and send shock waves through Jets Nation.
NFLDraftScout.com rates Glennon as the third best quarterback prospect in his draft class, but his value is inflated because of a thin talent pool at that position this offseason.
The Jets can't gamble on could-be success in an offseason where an overhaul is expected. Glennon has serious upside, but he's not the immediate solution for the Jets at quarterback. Idzik and the Jets need to bite the bullet and pick players capable of instantly contributing next season.
They have issues at several distinct positions that need to be prioritized over finding Sanchez's eventual replacement. Plus there isn't a quarterback in this season's draft class capable of fixing a broken offense on his own.
The Jets need a new franchise quarterback, but they would be shortsighted to force the issue and select Mike Glennon with their first pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.
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