NFL Draft Rumors: New York Jets Reportedly Take a Close Look at Andy Dalton
NFL Draft Rumors Have the Jets Possibly Adding Dalton to QB Mix
It's been just two years since the New York Jets selected Mark Sanchez in the first round of the NFL Draft, but it sounds like they might be considering taking yet another quarterback in the first round.
According to Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com, the Jets conducted a private, on-campus workout with TCU quarterback Andy Dalton on Friday. Dalton is a borderline first-round prospect, and the Jets hold the No. 30 pick.
Very interesting. However, I'm not sure I buy it. Pre-draft visits and workouts rarely mean anything, and I don't think this is any kind of exception.
In fact, I agree with Cimini, who thinks the Jets have other ideas in mind with this workout:
The Jets own the 30th overall pick. While it makes no sense for them to invest another first-round pick in a quarterback, the Jets' interest in Dalton could be a way to entice quarterback-needy teams below them to trade up, increasing the value of the Jets' position.
This might actually work. While everybody knows that the Jets don't need a starter, it is just as well known that they could use another able body on the depth chart behind Sanchez. Dalton is coveted by a good number of teams out there, and the very idea of the Jets taking him at No. 30 might just force a few hands.
Other teams that have been linked to Dalton in recent months include the Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Minnesota Vikings, and San Francisco 49ers. Three of those teams need a starting quarterback, and Dalton is the kind of guy that would fit the bill.
Well played, Jets.
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