Geno Smith finished the season off strong, but the Jets have no reason to be 100 percent convinced that Smith is the unquestioned man for the job in the long term. While it would certainly ruffle some feathers, the Jets should look to add a quarterback during every round of the draft, depending on who is available and how confident they are in Smith.
Derek Carr, Fresno State
The Jets may not be able to land Johnny Manziel or Teddy Bridgewater, but there is at least a decent chance that Derek Carr will be the odd man out and tumble down the first round on draft day.
With a strong, accurate arm and good size for the position, Carr is a better pro prospect than his brother, former first-overall selection David Carr. While he tends to be a bit "streaky" in terms of his decision-making, he has a competitive fire that coaches will fall in love with.
Carr may very well go in the first 10 picks, but if he slips down to the Jets at 18, they have to at least consider taking a potential franchise quarterback in Carr.
Logan Thomas, Virginia Tech
Another route the Jets can go in to solve their omnipresent quarterback situation is to draft a "project" in the middle rounds to compete and develop on the roster, which could ideally be Logan Thomas.
Thomas endured a very up-and-down career at Virginia Tech, as he was a superstar in 2011 before falling apart the very next year, destroying his draft stock. He rebounded somewhat in 2013, but there are still a lot of questions as to whether Thomas is truly capable of being an NFL quarterback or if he is just a big, strong-armed body who happened to play quarterback in college.
If taken in the proper spot in the draft, it could be well worth the Jets' time and effort to find how if Thomas is capable of being an NFL starter.
Jimmy Garoppolo, Eastern Illinois
In may ways, Garoppolo is the direct opposite of Logan Thomas in that while he has less-than-desirable size and arm strength for the position, he makes up for his shortcomings with a strong sense of timing, instincts and acute knowledge and for offensive football. He processes information quickly and can see the entire field well.
The lack of elite physical tools puts a limit on Garoppolo's potential, but he has the makings of an excellent fit in Marty Mornhinweg's West Coast offense.